Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “instil”

See all translations

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
Translations of “instil”
in Spanish infundir, inculcar…
in French inculquer (à qqn)…
in German einflößen, beibringen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐漸灌輸…
in Russian внушать, вселять…
in Turkish kafasına sokmak, aşılamak, telkin etmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐渐灌输…
in Polish wpajać, wzbudzać…
(Definition of instil from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “instil” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More