Instill vs install

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Instill means to gradually implant an idea or attitude in someone’s mind. Instill also means to pour drops of liquid into something, such as medicine into an eye. Instill is the North American English spelling, the British English spelling is instil. Instill is a verb, related words are instills, instilled, instilling, instillation in North American English and instils, instilled, instilling, instillation in British English. The word instill comes from the Latin word instillare which means to drop, to trickle.

Install means 1.) to position equipment so that it is ready to use 2.) to place someone in an office or position, usually with a degree of ceremony 3.) to settle in a place. Install is the North American English spelling, the British English spelling is instal. Install is a verb, related words are installs, installed, installing, installation in North American English and instals, installed, installing in British English. The word install comes from the Medieval Latin word installare meaning to place in a stall or seat, referring to ecclesiastic appointments.


“That’s tied into my goals: to instill pride in our identity as native people,” she says. (The Albuquerque Journal)

Entrepreneurial parents understand how critical it is to instill business values in their children, which will set them up for success in whatever they choose to do when they grow up. (The Huffington Post)

Hong Kong needs to restore people’s confidence, instil belief ‘tomorrow will be better’, says Sincere chairman (The South China Morning Post)

Lincoln will use money from the Environmental Trust grant to pay half the estimated $100,000 to buy and install the 10 charging stations in downtown parking lots, according to Wayne Mixdorf, city parking manager. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

The province will install fire-suppression sprinklers in 50 prioritized government-owned seniors lodges this year and another 50 over the two following years, Seniors Minister Lori Sigurdson vowed Tuesday. (The Calgary Herald)

Soon, private schools across the state will have to instal closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. (The Times of India)