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instill (someone) with (something)

To cause one to feel a particular emotion or have a certain reaction. Jenna's job performance so far doesn't exactly instill me with confidence.
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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 someone with something

to imbue or impress someone with something. Her story instilled us all with courage. She instilled us with courage.
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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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He commended the couples for taking the bold step in getting married through the initiative, noting that what they had done had instilled confidence and dignity in their lives and families.
I think they are the same values that Sir Matt Busby instilled in Manchester United, making the two clubs more similar than they realise.
We never had things like MRSA and the likes because hygiene was instilled into us.
The training, she says, instilled in her "elegance, refinement, and a very fine aesthetic." But as her body matured, the reality of her situation hit home.
Of his mother, Malone says, "She is dedicated and passionate, and through her love for golf has instilled possibility and hope into many broken lives."
During her travels with them to the rainforests of Samoa, Peru, Panama, India, and other locales, she instilled in her sons a passion for science, exposed them to the diversity of the people of the world, and emphasized the importance of conservation.
I had peers who instilled in me a deep respect for people from all walks of life, not just my own.
"I am referring to structures, to certain ideologies being instilled, to the plans, the direction, the inevitable expansion, the obliteration of nations, which was the purpose of the Soviet Union," Bukovsky elaborated in an interview with Belien.
The Flaxseed Lignan Facial Care system is instilled with organics that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents to keep skin smooth and clean.
While I came of age surrounded by people who were fiercely proud to be Haitian and who instilled that pride in me, I came to understand that pride in the context of being both Haitian and Black.
Chapters stress the strength in acknowledging that some forces are simply beyond one's ability to control, the value in focusing on what one can change, and the importance of letting go of the raw desire that is so heavily instilled within Americans since early childhood.
She has instilled the same values in her son, and even her romantic interest has spiritual heft to complement his physical muscles.
They arrived here because of the values you've instilled in them.
Parents and staff worked together and instilled a dress code along with defined rules and consequences for disobeying.
The most specific value my family instilled in me is that resources can be used and protected simultaneously." Jeremy conducted ruffed grouse drumming surveys on the property each spring and did point count surveys of songbirds in later years.