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[in-sti-geyt] /ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪt/

verb (used with object), instigated, instigating.
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.
verb (transitive)
to bring about, as by incitement or urging: to instigate rebellion
to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action

1590s, from Latin instigator, agent noun from instigare (see instigation). Fem. formation instigatrix is recorded from 1610s.

1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare “to urge on, incite” (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.


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