verb (used with object), in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing.
Origin of instigate
Examples from the Web for instigating
Nor do I believe that was what the president was instigating.
Instigating military involvement without considering these issues is nothing more than a short-sighted action.
Australian brand Solid Gold Bomb was caught hawking rape-themed T-shirts on Amazon's UK site, instigating public horror.
Bakkar and his fellow Salafists were blamed by some for instigating the chaos, though they condemned the violence from the start.Nader Bakkar, Salafist Spokeman, on the Embassy Riots and Bridge Building in a Post–Arab Spring Egypt|Mike Giglio|September 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But he said he later saw a police report accusing him of instigating the violence and organizing a riot outside the courtroom.Chess Champ Garry Kasparov: ‘They Were Trying to Break My Leg’|Eli Lake|August 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He has so far succeeded in instigating the Boer nation to acts which involve the forfeiture of their special heirlooms.Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)|C. H. Thomas
If I were going to open the letter and use its contents, then you might charge me with instigating theft.Jennie Baxter, Journalist|Robert Barr
They were at the bottom of the uprising, they were instigating the slaves to similar outbreaks.William Lloyd Garrison|Archibald H. Grimke
His merit in that eminence was, by instigating a tyrant to injustice, to provoke a people to rebellion.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886|Ministry of Education
Many of them were firmly persuaded that the French were instigating the Indians to attack and cut them off.The Oregon Trail|Francis Parkman, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for instigating
Word Origin for instigate
Word Origin and History for instigating
1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare "to urge on, incite" (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.