To inculcate is to teach through frequent instruction. If you repeatedly tell your brother how important it is to be responsible, then you’re trying to inculcate in him a sense of responsibility.

The word inculcate traces back to the Latin word inculcare, meaning “to force upon or to stamp in.” If anyone has even tried to inculcate you with something, it may seem as if something is being stamped into your brain — over and over and over. A key thing to remember about this word is repetition: something, such as a value or a belief, is instilled in the brain by the persistent restating of its importance.

Definitions of inculcate
  1. verb
    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
    inculcate values into the young generation”
    synonyms: infuse, instill
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    instill (into a person) by constant repetition
    type of:
    teach by repetition
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