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instigate (ˈɪnstɪˌɡeɪt


verb (transitive)

  1. to bring about, as by incitement or urging   ⇒  ■ to instigate rebellion
  2. to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action

Derived Forms

ˈinstiˌgatingly  adverb
ˌinstiˈgation  noun
ˈinstiˌgative  adjective
ˈinstiˌgator  noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin instīgāre to stimulate, incite; compare Greek stizein to prick

Translations for 'instigate'

  • British English: instigate Someone who instigates an event causes it to happen. VERBHe did not instigate the coup or even know of it beforehand.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: instigar
  • Chinese: 发起发發起
  • European Spanish: instigar
  • French: être l'instigateur de
  • German: anstiften
  • Italian: promuovere
  • Japanese: 扇動する
  • Korean: ~하게 하다
  • Portuguese: instigar
  • Spanish: instigar

Example Sentences Including 'instigate'

It is the kind of joint development ideal for us both and a model for the sort of project we must instigate.
Malcolm, John The Gwen John Sculpture


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