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Definition 1: provoke or stir up - [verb of communication]

Samples where instigate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • incite a riot
  • set off great unrest among the people

Synonyms for instigate in the sense of this definition

(instigate is a kind of ...) provide the needed stimulus for

(... is a kind of instigate ) activate or stir up

"raise a mutiny"

(instigate causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 2: serve as the inciting cause of - [verb of communication]

Samples where instigate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She prompted me to call my relatives

Synonyms for instigate in the sense of this definition

(instigate is a kind of ...) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

"The ads induced me to buy a VCR" "My children finally got me to buy a computer" "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

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