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instill (something) in(to) (someone or something)

1. To put forth effort so that someone learns or remembers something. She really needs to instill a sense of respect for others into her kids, sheesh.
2. By extension, to add or introduce something into a particular situation. You can always count on Leah to instill some humor into a grim conversation.
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instill something in (to) someone

to impress something into someone's mind. You need to remember your manners. I want to instill that into you. Good manners were instilled in me at home.
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instill something in(to) something

to add something to a situation. The presence of the mayor instilled a legitimacy into the proceedings. Sharon sought to instill a little levity in the meeting.
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This shared experience helped instill in those who served, as in the national culture generally, a sense of unity and moral seriousness that we would not see again-until after September 11, 2001.
The purpose of this lesson is not to try to instill in these young minds the idea that there is no physical differences in people of different colors.