instigate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To urge on; goad.
    • To stir up; foment.
    • To goad or urge forward; to create on; to provoke; to incite; -- made use of mainly with reference to evil actions.
  • verb:
    • To goad or encourage ahead; to set on; to trigger; to incite.
    • act as the inciting reason for
    • provoke or stir-up
  • others:
    • To stimulate to an action or training course; incite to-do something; set or goad on; urge: typically in a negative sense: since, to instigate anyone to dedicate a crime.
    • To stir-up; foment; result in by incitement or persuasion: as, to instigate crime or insurrection; to instigate a quarrel.

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