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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.
  • Her parents instilled the lesson that it is more important to be a good person than to be a successful person.
  • Her presence instilled faith into the children
  • 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
  • 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
  • A code that would instill discipline, restrain passion, and order his steps.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • 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
  • There was a newfound confidence there, something instilled in him through becoming a Two, becoming a soldier.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • We don't have to do much discipline anymore because we instilled that respect when they were young.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • Whether the bat made a difference, or it was merely the confidence she instilled in Baltazar, he hit a single into left.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drug-store Romeos with reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poe!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire

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