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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Instill \In*still"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instilled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Instilling.] [L. instillare, instillatum; pref. in-
in + stillare to drop, fr. stilla a drop: cf. F. instiller.
See Distill.] [Written also instil.]
1. To drop in; to pour in drop by drop.
That starlight dews
All silently their tears of love instill. --Byron.
2. Specifically: To infuse (knowledge or attitudes) into the
mind of another, slowly or gradually; to impart gradually;
to cause to be imbibed.
How hast thou instilled
Thy malice into thousands. --Milton.
Syn: To infuse; impart; inspire; implant; inculcate;
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the
children"; "transfuse love of music into the students"
[syn: instill, transfuse]
2: enter drop by drop; "instill medication into my eye" [syn:
3: produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother
tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us" [syn:
impress, ingrain, instill]
4: teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions;
"inculcate values into the young generation" [syn:
inculcate, instill, infuse]
5: fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures
the air with carbon monoxide" [syn: impregnate, infuse,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "instill":
beat into, besprinkle, brainwash, breathe, brew, catechize, color,
condition, decoct, dredge, dye, engrave, entincture, etch, flavor,
grave, imbrue, imbue, implant, impregnate, impress, imprint,
inculcate, indoctrinate, infiltrate, infix, infuse, inoculate,
inscribe, inseminate, leaven, penetrate, permeate, pervade,
program, saturate, season, stamp, steep, suffuse, temper, tincture,
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