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Examples of instigate in a Sentence
There has been an increase in the amount of violence instigated by gangs.
The government has instigated an investigation into the cause of the accident.
Recent Examples of instigate from the Web
Qualcomm believes these charges were instigated by Apple.
In the new study, neurobiologist and biochemist Claudio Soto of McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and colleagues tested whether IAPP alone could instigate diabetes in mice.
The court decided that Lochte had not broken the law because Rio police instigated the investigation, not Lochte, according to USA Today Sports.
The situation was instigated when a police officer checked on the status of a car near Ogden and Fifth avenues and found it had been reported stolen in another town, Cammiso said.
By courageously standing up for fair wages, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have instigated essential conversations on racism, sexism, and equity in Hollywood.
The goal in this new inquisition, as in Scott’s purge, is not to preserve the sanctity of American elections but to instigate fear and keep black and Hispanic voters and other minorities who tend to vote Democratic away from the voting booth.
Hopefully CNN's analysis will go some way towards instigating change.
The company billed it as the thinnest smartphone in the world, instigating an ongoing design rivalry with other tech companies.
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Did You Know?
Instigate is often used as a synonym of incite (as in "hoodlums instigating violence"), but the two words differ slightly in their overall usage. Incite usually stresses an act of stirring something up that one did not necessarily initiate ("the court's decision incited riots"). Instigate implies responsibility for initiating or encouraging someone else's action and usually suggests dubious or underhanded intent ("he was charged with instigating a conspiracy"). Another similar word, foment, implies causing something by means of persistent goading ("the leader's speeches fomented a rebellion"). Deriving from the past participle of the Latin verb instigare, instigate first appeared in English in the mid-16th century, approximately 60 years after incite and about 70 years before foment.
Synonymsabet, brew, ferment, foment, incite, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up)
Related Wordsadvance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote, sow, stimulate; detonate, set, set off, trigger; excite, galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, motivate, rouse; activate, energize, enliven, fire, invigorate, jazz (up), liven (up), pep (up), quicken, stimulate, vitalize
Near Antonymsbridle, check, constrain, curb, discourage, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, tame; allay, calm, quiet, settle, soothe, still, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize)
Synonym Discussion of instigate
- inciting a riot
- instigated a conspiracy
- aiding and abetting the enemy
- fomenting rebellion
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