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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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"Through the way he plays and the way he gets close to their goal, he helped us play and win by a bigger margin - and he instills fear into our opponents," Goal quoted Valverde, as saying.
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The most difficult challenge, however, is to provide FACE with a distinct identity that instills a sense of involvement in each participant, while ensuring that the program adheres to an issue agenda consistent with the interests of long-term care providers.