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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.
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.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.