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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 the Appendix of 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
instigate
instigate
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
podňecovat
ansporetilskynde
stofna til; æsa til
kūdītmusinātprovocēt

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
References in classic literature ?
Take the whole situation all around, it was one of the gaudiest effects I ever instigated.
said my reason, forced by the agonising stimulus into precocious though transitory power: and Resolve, equally wrought up, instigated some strange expedient to achieve escape from insupportable oppression--as running away, or, if that could not be effected, never eating or drinking more, and letting myself die.
household, who, instigated by some passionate expressions of
It was strictly enjoined, that the project of starving you by degrees should be kept a secret; but the sentence of putting out your eyes was entered on the books; none dissenting, except Bolgolam the admiral, who, being a creature of the empress, was perpetually instigated by her majesty to insist upon your death, she having borne perpetual malice against you, on account of that infamous and illegal method you took to extinguish the fire in her apartment.
But they were all instigated by personal interests.
The ill-luck of the unfortunate Sancho so ordered it that among the company in the inn there were four woolcarders from Segovia, three needle-makers from the Colt of Cordova, and two lodgers from the Fair of Seville, lively fellows, tender-hearted, fond of a joke, and playful, who, almost as if instigated and moved by a common impulse, made up to Sancho and dismounted him from his ass, while one of them went in for the blanket of the host's bed; but on flinging him into it they looked up, and seeing that the ceiling was somewhat lower what they required for their work, they decided upon going out into the yard, which was bounded by the sky, and there, putting Sancho in the middle of the blanket, they began to raise him high, making sport with him as they would with a dog at Shrovetide.
Indian hostilities, instigated by Spain or Britain, would always be at hand.
He knows you better by your actions than your name; he is quite aware that there are two gentlemen who greatly aided the escape of Monsieur de Beaufort, and he has instigated an active search for them, I can answer for it.
It is with regret we add, too, that this hostility has in many cases been instigated by traders, desirous of injuring their rivals, but who have themselves often reaped the fruits of the mischief they have sown.
God knows what instigated me to perpetrate the outrage
Crooks and M'Lellan, at this mortifying check to their gainful enterprise, was the information that a rival trader was at the bottom of it; the Sioux, it is said, having been instigated to this outrage by Mr.
As he walked his pace showed perturbation, and by-and-by, as if instigated by a former thought, he drew from his pocket a small book, between the leaves of which was folded a letter, worn and soiled, as from much re-reading.