1. [ verb ] (education) teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
Synonyms: inculcate infuse

"inculcate values into the young generation"

Related terms: drill din inculcation
2. [ verb ] produce or try to produce a vivid impression of
Synonyms: impress ingrain

"Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"

Related terms: affect inculcation
3. [ verb ] enter drop by drop, as of medication into an eye
Synonyms: instil
Related terms: insert instillation instillator
4. [ verb ] impart gradually
Synonyms: transfuse

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

Related terms: lend breathe
5. [ verb ] fill, as with a certain quality
Synonyms: infuse tincture impregnate

"The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"

Related terms: fill infusion
Similar spelling:   instil