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instigate

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1 to bring (something volatile or intense) into being

  • the medical breakthrough instigated a whole new field of therapy
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set in motion

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2 to rouse to strong feeling or action

  • the charge that the scene in the movie had instigated teenagers to commit similar acts of vandalism
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build a fire under

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Synonym Discussion of instigate

incite, instigate, abet, foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating.
    • inciting a riot
instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention.
    • instigated a conspiracy
abet implies both assisting and encouraging.
    • aiding and abetting the enemy
foment implies persistence in goading.
    • fomenting rebellion


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