verb (used with object), in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing.
Origin of instigate
Examples from the Web for instigate
The liberated soul does not cease to act, to think, to create, to instigate revolutionary flows.
Republicans will continue to avoid a grand bargain and instigate crises.No Matter How Crazy Washington Is, Americans Can’t Stop Shopping|Daniel Gross|March 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As such, the U.A.E. is not a bad place to instigate change in the region.
And he is at a stage in his life now where he can instigate projects.
He's always trying to instigate and stuff like that, and my friends back home don't do that.
He requires no money reward to instigate him to excellence, as do those who deal in racehorses and run for prizes.Travelling Sketches.|Anthony Trollope
A few words from her were enough to instigate the Onzarian officer to challenge you.Evil Out of Onzar|Mark Ganes
To instigate the slave to insurrection is a crime for which no rebuke and no punishment can be too severe.Slavery|William E. Channing
Easy it was to instigate the ferocious spirit: in the heart of Sigurd stood his sword.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Abet and instigate are now used almost without exception in a bad sense; one may incite either to good or evil.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
British Dictionary definitions for instigate
Word Origin for instigate
Word Origin and History for instigate
1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare "to urge on, incite" (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.