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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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On Friday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said schools in Jammu and Kashmir are instilling wrong information into students' mind by showing them a separate map of their state and not as one Indian map.
One of the bills is to revise the School Education Law, with a provision citing instilling patriotism as a goal of compulsory education, while another is to amend the regional education administration law by reinforcing the power of the education minister in managing schools.
He sees his commitment as instilling the values of the gospel into his country's society.
He further explains the importance of instilling proper habits in children from an early age.
Jawanza Kunjufu and cover topics from instilling faith to the calling for emotionally connected fathers.
INSTILLING CONFIDENCE An educator for 32 years, Gonzales started in Compton in August 2001, the first local superintendent since the state took control in 1993 due to failing academics, financial problems and facility pitfalls.
We focused on executing our plans as flawlessly as possible, instilling accountability at every level of the organization and establishing metrics to measure our progress.
Difficult-to-remove cerumen can sometimes be softened by instilling an edible oil or mineral oil for several days.
Critics noted that the theory of evolution is well supported in modern science and said the language was an attempt to undermine it by instilling doubts in the minds of students.
If properly utilized, they can prove to be a valuable tool for combating racism and instilling important and needed values into today's students.
At times his subject matter recedes into the background, instilling a sense of metaphysical distance.
The benefits of these interactions provide great tales of rewarding experiences, linking schools and communities, instilling a sense of volunteerism, development of teaching skills, and providing needed services to communities.
Being a great father is about instilling wisdom, strength and the right values in an impressionable child before someone else is successful in instilling the wrong values.