instigate

  • 21instigate — in|sti|gate [ˈınstıgeıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of instigare] 1.) to make a process start, especially one relating to law or politics ▪ Charles instigated a programme of reforms. 2.) to persuade someone do… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 22instigate — in|sti|gate [ ınstı,geıt ] verb transitive FORMAL to make something start, especially an official process: The leaders of the two factions instigated peace talks. ╾ in|sti|ga|tion [ ,ınstıg eıʃn ] noun uncount: Reforms have been introduced at the …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 23instigate — see STICK …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 24instigate — [[t]ɪ̱nstɪgeɪt[/t]] instigates, instigating, instigated VERB Someone who instigates an event causes it to happen. [V n] Jenkinson instigated a refurbishment of the old gallery... [V n] The violence over the last forty eight hours was instigated… …

    English dictionary

  • 25instigate — in·sti·gate || ɪnstɪgeɪt v. stir up, incite, agitate, inflame, excite, provoke …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 26instigate — v. a. [In a bad sense.] Incite, prompt, impel, move, urge, provoke, stimulate, rouse, actuate, persuade, influence, encourage, set on, prevail upon, stir up, spur on …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 27instigate — verb 1) the committee instigated formal proceedings Syn: set in motion, get underway, get off the ground, start, commence, begin, initiate, launch, institute, set up, inaugurate, establish, organize; actuate, generate, bring about; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 28instigate — v 1. incite, actuate, provoke, initiate, generate, start, Inf. start something, look for trouble; poke, prod, prick, thrust, goad, prompt, spur, egg on; stimulate, animate, whet, invigorate, motivate, inspire, inspirit, rally, awaken, vivify,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 29instigate — in·sti·gate …

    English syllables

  • 30instigate — [ˈɪnstɪˌgeɪt] verb [T] formal to make something start instigation [ˌɪnstɪˈgeɪʃ(ə)n] noun [U] instigator noun [C] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 31instigate — /instageyt/ To stimulate or goad to an action, especially a bad action; one of its synonyms is abet . Hughes v. Van Bruggen, 44 N.M. 534, 105 P.2d 494, 499. See aid and abet entrapment …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 32instigate — /instageyt/ To stimulate or goad to an action, especially a bad action; one of its synonyms is abet . Hughes v. Van Bruggen, 44 N.M. 534, 105 P.2d 494, 499. See aid and abet entrapment …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 33instigate — To stimulate or goad to an action, especially a bad act. State v Fraker, 148 Mo 143, 165. To incite, to foment, especially the commission of a crime. 36 Am J2d Forf & P § 69; 32 Am J1st Larc § 27. See entrapment …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 34instigate — see STICK …

    Word origins

  • 35instigate — v.tr. 1 bring about by incitement or persuasion; provoke (who instigated the inquiry?). 2 (usu. foll. by to) urge on, incite (a person etc.) to esp. an evil act. Derivatives: instigation n. instigative adj. instigator n. Etymology: L instigare… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 36instigate someone to/to do something — incite someone to do something. → instigate …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 37instigate a rebellion — stirred up a rebellion …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 38Instigated — Instigate In sti*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instigating}.] [L. instigatus, p. p. of instigare to instigate; pref. in in + a root akin to G. stechen to prick, E. stick. See {Stick}.] To goad or urge forward; to set… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 39Instigating — Instigate In sti*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instigating}.] [L. instigatus, p. p. of instigare to instigate; pref. in in + a root akin to G. stechen to prick, E. stick. See {Stick}.] To goad or urge forward; to set… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 40instigation — instigate ► VERB 1) bring about or initiate. 2) (instigate to/to do) incite (someone) to do. DERIVATIVES instigation noun instigator noun. ORIGIN Latin instigare urge, incite …

    English terms dictionary