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instil in

Meaning: to condition someone to follow a certain belief or to behave in a certain way

For example:

  • instil in sb Sasha thinks Asian cultures instil in people a consideration for the feelings of others, while Western cultures tend to instil in people more of a concern for their own feelings.

  • instil sth in sb We try to make our education system instil in students a life-long love of learning.

Note: American spelling is "instill in".

Quick Quiz:

The team's new manager is trying to instil in the players a belief in
  1. their weakness
  2. their ability
  3. their failure

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