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 and social media tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness. Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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