This is part of the difference between series.

I’ve heard some people confusing the words install and instill. Here’s the difference between the two.


Install is a verb that means to put into place for use:

  • Let’s install a new shower in our washroom.
  • We need to install a new city manager because Ms. Jones is retiring.


Instill has a similar meaning, but it’s not as literal. It’s more emotional and figurative.

  • The pilgrimage instilled within me a sense of purpose.
  • How can we install faith in our youth,” the pastor asked.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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