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English definition of “instil”

instil

verb [T] (present participle instilling, past tense and past participle instilled) UK ( US instill)
 
 
/ɪnˈstɪl/
to make someone have a particular feeling or idea: He's a coach with great skill at instilling confidence in/into his players.Teaching in general
(Definition of instil from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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