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Meaning of INSTIGATE

Pronunciation:  'instu`geyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my relatives"
  2. [v]  provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"

INSTIGATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: incite, inspire, prompt, set off, stir up
 See Also: act, cause, get, have, induce, make, move, provoke, raise, stimulate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In"sti*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instigated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Instigating}.] [L. instigatus, p. p. of
instigare to instigate; pref. in- in + a root akin to G.
stechen to prick, E. stick. See {Stick}.]
To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; --
used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as to instigate
one to a crime.

      He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very
      extent of their malignity.               --Bp.

Syn: To stimulate; urge; spur; provoke; tempt; incite; impel;
     encourage; animate.

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