English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'trigger'

(verb) 
Definition
to set (an action or process) in motion
the incident which triggered the outbreak of the First World War
Synonyms
bring about
,
start
Who started the fight?
,
cause
I don't want to cause any trouble.
,
produce
Cooking with spices produces a wonderful smell.
,
generate
The minister said the reforms would generate new jobs.
,
prompt
The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
,
provoke
His comments have provoked a shocked reaction.
,
set off
It set off a storm of speculation.
, ,
give rise to
,
elicit
He was hopeful that his request would elicit a positive response.
,
spark off
,
set in motion
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to set (an action or process) in motion
The thieves must have triggered the alarm.
Synonyms
set off
,
trip
He set the timer, then tripped the switch.
,
activate
video cameras that can be activated by computer
,
set going

Additional synonyms

in the sense of activate
Definition
to make something active
video cameras that can be activated by computer
Synonyms
trigger (off),
turn on,
switch on,
get going,
kick-start (informal),
set in motion,
set going,
in the sense of cause
Definition
to be the cause of
I don't want to cause any trouble.
Synonyms
lead to,
occasion (formal),
result in,
bring about,
give rise to,
in the sense of elicit
Definition
to bring about (a response or reaction)
He was hopeful that his request would elicit a positive response.
Synonyms
bring about,
bring out,
give rise to,
draw out,
bring forth,
bring to light,
call forth

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