What does the word instil mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To inculcate gradually.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To pour in by drops. Instill.

Usage examples for instil

  1. When they bite, they instil their venom into the wound, which mixes with the blood, and, without a timely remedy, destroys the sufferer; but if you cut off the head, the rest of the body is not only wholesome but palatable, and I have known it eaten as a delicacy by many inhabitants of the colonies. – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  2. I must instil into Mrs. Perkenpine's mind, said Corona, that, in order thoroughly to act out her own nature, she must cook and do other things of a domestic character. – The Associate Hermits by Frank R. Stockton
  3. The Duchess of Bedford, the queen, and all the family of Woodville, who had but one object at heart,- the downfall of Warwick and his House,- knew enough of the earl's haughty nature to be aware that he would throw up the reins of government the moment he knew that Edward had discredited and dishonoured his embassy; and, despite the suspicions they sought to instil into their king's mind, they calculated upon the earl's love and near relationship to Edward, upon his utter and seemingly irreconcilable breach with the House of Lancaster, to render his wrath impotent, and to leave him only the fallen minister, not the mighty rebel. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton