from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant.
  • transitive verb To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To drop in; to pour in drop by drop.
  • transitive verb To infuse (knowledge or attitudes) into the mind of another, slowly or gradually; to impart gradually; to cause to be imbibed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature.
  • verb To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb produce or try to produce a vivid impression of
  • verb enter drop by drop
  • verb impart gradually
  • verb fill, as with a certain quality
  • verb teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English instillen, from Latin īnstīllāre : in-, into; see in-2 + stīllāre, to drip, drop (from stīlla, drop).

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From Latin īnstillō.


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