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inculcate, imbue, infuse, instil, instill

Inculcate means to teach or cram in, particularly by repetition. Knowledge or ideas are inculcated in or into (and less frequently on or upon) people.

  • Respect for their elders was inculcated in (or into) students, who were expected to stand quickly and silently when an adult entered the classroom.

Imbue, infuse and instill (also spelled instil) refer to filling someone or something with a feeling or emotion.

  • Imbued (or Infused) with pride, the winner of the Tour de France completed his victory lap.
  • Gabriel infused a sense of pride into his teammates.
  • Each Remembrance Day ceremony we attend instills respect in (or into) us for those who bravely fought in the wars.

In addition, infuse means to add flavour to a liquid by steeping; and instill means to add tiny drops of liquid. Instill thus emphasizes the gradual nature of the process.

  • The chef prefers extra-virgin olive oil infused with basil and tarragon.
  • The nurse instilled five drops of the medication into a glass of water.