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Dictionary definition for: Instill

1. (v) impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children" "transfuse love of music into the students"

2. (v) enter drop by drop; "instill medication into my eye"

3. (v) produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"

4. (v) teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; "inculcate values into the young generation"

5. (v) fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"

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