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Definition to put ideas, principles, or teachings into another's mind

Much more rarely, instill can reference pouring something (usually medicine) one drop at a time.
  • His time in the army instilled him with confidence and discipline.
instilled = put in one's mind (ideas, principles, or teachings)
  • Her parents instilled the lesson that it is more important to be a good person than to be a successful person.
  • instilled = put into another's mind (ideas, principles, or teachings)
  • Her presence instilled faith into the children
  • instilled = put (ideas, principles, or teachings into another's mind)
  • The old walrus in fact managed to instill in me a great and burning ambition; it had simply found expression in an unintended pursuit.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • instill = put (ideas, principles, or teachings into another's mind)
  • A code that would instill discipline, restrain passion, and order his steps.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • instill = put ideas, principles, or teachings into other's minds
  • According to his family, in his quiet, private way, Phil was a deeply religious man, carrying a faith instilled in him by his parents.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • instilled = put (ideas, principles, or teachings into another's mind)
  • He tried to instill some military training in me, but always sweetened it with candy.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • instill = put (ideas, principles, or teachings into another's mind)
  • After a couple of years, the Captain raised Dad to section foreman, taught him how to lead men and operate and ventilate a mine, and instilled in him a vision of the town.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • instilled = put (ideas, principles, or teachings into another's mind)
  • No matter how much fear and suspicion he instilled in the players, Sam Westing knew that greed would keep them playing the game.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • instilled = put (into other's minds)
  • instill medication into my eye
  • As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over,WICKED is good.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • No one had instilled into him this love for Pierre whom he saw only occasionally.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I now attribute my vain desire to my education, which had instilled in me the splendid and reckless belief that everything can be explained.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I'll train the girl, teach her how to protect herself and instill in her how to control the magic of Air.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I hate him for instilling awful things in my memory and somehow making me grieve for him in the midst of all the awful.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • He instills confidence in his troops.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • It was she who instilled theatre in all of us.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • An attempt to instill order into a world gone wrong.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • That interview instilled In Meme the same feeling of bravery that she had felt on the drunken evening.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • They instilled in their children and grandchildren that same love of country and a spirit of optimism.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe

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