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INSTILL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instill mean? 

INSTILL (verb)
  The verb INSTILL has 5 senses:

1. impart gradually
2. enter drop by drop
3. produce or try to produce a vivid impression of
4. teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
5. fill, as with a certain quality

  Familiarity information: INSTILL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSTILL (verb)


Sense 1instill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impart gradually

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

instill; transfuse

Context examples:

Her presence instilled faith into the children / transfuse love of music into the students

Hypernyms (to "instill" is one way to...):

add; bestow; bring; contribute; impart; lend (bestow a quality on)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "instill"):

breathe (impart as if by breathing)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2instill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enter drop by drop

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

instil; instill

Context example:

instill medication into my eye

Hypernyms (to "instill" is one way to...):

enter; infix; insert; introduce (put or introduce into something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3instill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produce or try to produce a vivid impression of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

ingrain; instill; impress

Context example:

Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us

Hypernyms (to "instill" is one way to...):

affect; impress; move; strike (have an emotional or cognitive impact upon)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4instill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

inculcate; infuse; instill

Context example:

inculcate values into the young generation

Hypernyms (to "instill" is one way to...):

drill (teach by repetition)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "instill"):

din (instill (into a person) by constant repetition)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5instill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill, as with a certain quality

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

impregnate; tincture; infuse; instill

Context example:

The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide

Hypernyms (to "instill" is one way to...):

fill; fill up; make full (make full, also in a metaphorical sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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