Definition of instil in English:

instil

(also instill)

verbinstilled, instilling, instils

[with object]
  • 1Gradually but firmly establish (an idea or attitude) in a person's mind.

    ‘the standards her parents had instilled into her’
    • ‘What sense of identity is instilled in young Christians and young Muslims in our churches and mosques?’
    • ‘A determination to overcome long odds was instilled in Whittle at an early age.’
    • ‘Fight to the death is instilled in the soldiers more than ever before.’
    • ‘We know how much, for instance, racism is instilled in people's minds to create divisions.’
    • ‘It was a phrase that had been instilled in them since they could remember.’
    • ‘Individual effort can lead to success in North America and this view is more instilled in people than it is in Europe.’
    • ‘The coach's first task was to instil belief in her abilities.’
    • ‘We believe that this directly relates to reality programming that has been instilled in our race since its conception.’
    • ‘Hunger, passion and pride are instilled in this team but they have not got to an All Ireland final on appetite alone.’
    • ‘Despite the debates over the years, a majority of Americans view public schools as a proper venue for instilling religious beliefs.’
    • ‘Self-confidence must be instilled in the child from an early age.’
    • ‘A strong nationalist belief was instilled in each and every member of the family.’
    • ‘It was intended to be a horizon altering and opening experience that instilled the anthropological attitude.’
    • ‘Bresson instills this notion of transmutation in the core of the film.’
    • ‘I think it frustrates adults when they cannot instill their ideas into teens.’
    • ‘They would have all remained mere installations though if life hadn't been suddenly instilled into them.’
    • ‘The full moon instilling some notion of romanticism in the minds of the stupid humans.’
    • ‘It is vital to instill an attitude of fitness at a young age.’
    • ‘It's down to instilling the right beliefs in people so they see the attractions of the jobs market.’
    • ‘Sounds great, but the reality of the public's actions proves that the message has not been instilled in any meaningful way.’
    inculcate, implant, fix, ingrain, infuse, impress, imprint, introduce
    imbue, inspire, infuse, inculcate
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  • 2Put (a substance) into something in the form of liquid drops.

    ‘she was told how to instil eye drops’
    • ‘During his stay, his stomal deodorant drops were inadvertently instilled into both eyes instead of topical glaucoma treatment.’
    • ‘When patients first instil pilocarpine they often experience a brow ache, which tends to reduce with longer term use of the drug.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse instills tetracaine hydrochloride drops to decrease the burning sensation of the diluted povidone-iodine solution.’
    • ‘In group 2, the subjects had no solution instilled for the entire time they were intubated.’
    • ‘To instill acid or saline in the lung, we introduced a cannula via a tracheotomy.’
    • ‘Nasal lavage samples were collected at randomization and at the end of the treatment period by instilling sterile saline into each nostril and then aspirating the lavage fluid.’
    • ‘A patient attending for day case cataract surgery had phenol drops instilled into the right eye instead of bupivacaine local anaesthetic.’
    • ‘Fallopian tube patency can be confirmed by detecting an enhanced signal after instilling microbubbles into the uterine cavity.’
    • ‘The saline is instilled and circulated using a small hysteroscope and a delivery system.’
    • ‘Appropriate position can be checked by aspirating through the needle used for instilling the local anesthetic.’
    • ‘The surgeon depresses the trumpet valve to instill and remove the fluid and air from the balloon.’
    • ‘The nurse places ECG patches on the patient's chest to monitor cardiac rhythm and instills dilating eye drops in the surgical eye.’
    • ‘Fluid is instilled around the veins, and they are then illuminated from beneath the skin with a powerful light source.’
    • ‘The drops are instilled to locally anesthetize the surgical eye and reduce the blink reflex in both eyes.’
    • ‘The amount of fluid drained should equal or exceed the amount instilled.’
    • ‘Topical anesthesia is administered by instilling anesthetic drops into the eye.’
    • ‘After attaching the syringe filled with lidocaine to the Pipelle, he slowly instills the anesthetic.’
    • ‘A simple method is to instill a measured amount of saline to infer the volume of the wound.’
    • ‘Open the clamp and irrigate with heparin, clamping the catheter as the last of heparin is instilled.’
    • ‘The surgeon also instills fluid into the joint to provide joint capsular distension and achieve the desired 1-cm joint opening.’
    administer, introduce, add gradually, infuse, inject
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Origin

Late Middle English (in instil (sense 2)): from Latin instillare, from in- ‘into’ + stillare ‘to drop’ (from stilla ‘a drop’).

Pronunciation

instil

/ɪnˈstɪl/