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- (transitive) To bring about by urging or encouraging.
- 2017, Desa Markovic, Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy:
- If the man perceives that his partner has arousal or orgasmic difficulties, this is likely to influence his desire to instigate sexual activity and/or his enjoyment and pleasure in being sexual with his partner.
- (transitive) To goad or urge (a person) forward, especially to wicked actions.
- Synonyms: animate, encourage, impel, incite, provoke, spur, stimulate, tempt, urge
- Antonyms: halt, prevent, stop
- to instigate someone to a crime
- 1678, Robert Barclay, An Apology for the True Christian Divinity:
- he might instigate them to swear against the law of God
to bring about by urging or encouraging
to goad or urge a person forward
- “instigate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “instigate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- present adverbial passive participle of instigi