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in·sti·gate

 (ĭn′stĭ-gāt′)
tr.v. in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing, in·sti·gates
1. To initiate or bring about, often by inciting: instigate a public discussion of the issue; instigate an uprising.
2. To urge on; goad: tried to instigate the people to revolt.

[Latin īnstīgāre, īnstīgāt-; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

in′sti·ga′tion n.
in′sti·ga′tive adj.
in′sti·ga′tor n.

instigate

(ˈɪnstɪˌɡeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to bring about, as by incitement or urging: to instigate rebellion.
2. to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action
[C16: from Latin instīgāre to stimulate, incite; compare Greek stizein to prick]
ˈinstiˌgatingly adv
ˌinstiˈgation n
ˈinstiˌgative adj
ˈinstiˌgator n

in•sti•gate

(ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪt)

v.t. -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
1. to cause by incitement; foment: to instigate a quarrel.
2. to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course: to instigate people to revolt.
[1535–45; < Latin instīgāre to goad on, impel =in- in-2 + -stigare, akin to stigma, stick2]
in′sti•gat`ing•ly, adv.
in′sti•ga`tive, adj.
in′sti•ga`tor, n.

instigate


Past participle: instigated
Gerund: instigating

Imperative
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Present
I instigate
you instigate
he/she/it instigates
we instigate
you instigate
they instigate
Preterite
I instigated
you instigated
he/she/it instigated
we instigated
you instigated
they instigated
Present Continuous
I am instigating
you are instigating
he/she/it is instigating
we are instigating
you are instigating
they are instigating
Present Perfect
I have instigated
you have instigated
he/she/it has instigated
we have instigated
you have instigated
they have instigated
Past Continuous
I was instigating
you were instigating
he/she/it was instigating
we were instigating
you were instigating
they were instigating
Past Perfect
I had instigated
you had instigated
he/she/it had instigated
we had instigated
you had instigated
they had instigated
Future
I will instigate
you will instigate
he/she/it will instigate
we will instigate
you will instigate
they will instigate
Future Perfect
I will have instigated
you will have instigated
he/she/it will have instigated
we will have instigated
you will have instigated
they will have instigated
Future Continuous
I will be instigating
you will be instigating
he/she/it will be instigating
we will be instigating
you will be instigating
they will be instigating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been instigating
you have been instigating
he/she/it has been instigating
we have been instigating
you have been instigating
they have been instigating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been instigating
you will have been instigating
he/she/it will have been instigating
we will have been instigating
you will have been instigating
they will have been instigating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been instigating
you had been instigating
he/she/it had been instigating
we had been instigating
you had been instigating
they had been instigating
Conditional
I would instigate
you would instigate
he/she/it would instigate
we would instigate
you would instigate
they would instigate
Past Conditional
I would have instigated
you would have instigated
he/she/it would have instigated
we would have instigated
you would have instigated
they would have instigated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.instigate - provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"
provoke, stimulate - provide the needed stimulus for
raise - activate or stir up; "raise a mutiny"
2.instigate - serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my relatives"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

instigate

instigate

verb
Translations
يُحَرِّض، يَحُض
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instigate

[ˈɪnstɪgeɪt] VT [+ rebellion, strike, crime] → instigar a; [+ new ideas] → fomentar; [+ change] → promover

instigate

[ˈɪnstɪgeɪt] vt [+ rebellion, strike, crime] → être l'instigateur/trice de; [+ change] → initier; [+ legal proceedings] → intenter

instigate

vtanstiften; rebellion, strike alsoanzetteln; violenceaufrufen zu; new idea, reform etcinitiieren

instigate

[ˈɪnstɪˌgeɪt] vt (rebellion, strike, crime) → istigare a; (new ideas) → promuovere

instigate

(ˈinstigeit) verb
to suggest and encourage (a wrong action, a rebellion etc).
instiˈgation noun
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He doubted, therefore, the fair dealing of Lisa, and feared that, should they enter the Sioux country together, the latter might make use of his influence with that tribe, as he had in the case of Crooks and M'Lellan, and instigate them to oppose his progress up the river.
But the Earl of Camelot, of the reign of Charles, returned to the old creed of his family, and they continued to fight for it, and ruin themselves for it, as long as there was a Stuart left to head or to instigate a rebellion.
Even if you were really criminal, for that can only drive you to desperation, and not instigate you to virtue.
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Some ultras found their way in to instigate raging tempers.
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This puts the prosecution to the test and if it fails to instigate an indictment by the end of the month, it must release the indicted.
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The authority is concerned at this suggestion, given that it was not involved in the decision to instigate the investigation, nor does it have involvement in its conduct, including its duration and costs.