Date: 15th century
a. to fix or set securely or deeply <a ruby implanted in the idol's forehead> b. to set permanently in the consciousness or habit patterns ; inculcate 2. to insert in living tissue (as for growth, slow release, or formation of an organic union) <subcutaneously implanted hormone pellets> intransitive verb to undergo implantation <the failure of embryos to implant> • implantable adjective • implanter noun Synonyms: implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught <implanted a love of reading in her students>. inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind <tried to inculcate in him high moral standards>. instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time <instill traditional values in your children>. inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation <inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology>. infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought <infixed a chronic cynicism>. II. noun Date: 1890 something (as a graft or device) implanted in tissue — compare cochlear implant
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.