• IPA: /ˈɪnstəɡeɪt/

instigate (instigates, present participle instigating; past and past participle instigated)

  1. (transitive) to incite; to bring about by urging or encouraging
    to instigate a riot
  2. (transitive) to goad or urge (a person) forward, especially to wicked actions; to provoke
    to instigate someone to a crime
    • He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity.
    Synonyms: animate, encourage, impel, incite, provoke, spur, stimulate, tempt, urge
    Antonyms: halt, prevent, stop

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