instigate

[ in-sti-geyt ]
/ ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing.

to cause by incitement; foment: to instigate a quarrel.
to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course: to instigate the people to revolt.

Nearby words

  1. instauration,
  2. instead,
  3. instead of,
  4. instep,
  5. instigant,
  6. instigation,
  7. instigator,
  8. instil,
  9. instill,
  10. instillation

Origin of instigate

1535–45; < Latin instīgātus past participle of instīgāre to goad on, impel, equivalent to in- in-2 + -stīg- goad, prick (akin to stigma, stick2) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for instigator

instigate

/ (ˈɪnstɪˌɡeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to bring about, as by incitement or urgingto instigate rebellion
to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action
Derived Formsinstigatingly, adverbinstigation, nouninstigative, adjectiveinstigator, noun

Word Origin for instigate

C16: from Latin instīgāre to stimulate, incite; compare Greek stizein to prick

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