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Definition of instil verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

instil

 verb
(British English) (North American English instill) verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they instil
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪl//
 
(North American English) present simple I / you / we / they instill
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪl//
 
he / she / it instils
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪlz//
 
(North American English) he / she / it instills
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪlz//
 
past simple instilled
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪld//
 
past participle instilled
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪld//
 
-ing form instilling
BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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instil something (in/into somebody) to gradually make somebody feel, think or behave in a particular way over a period of time to instil confidence/discipline/fear into somebody Word Origin late Middle English (originally meaning to drop a substance into something as liquid drops): from Latin instillare, from in- ‘into’ + stillare ‘to drop’ (from stilla ‘a drop’).