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- (transitive) to incite; to bring about by urging or encouraging
- to instigate a riot
- 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; to provoke
- 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 goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite
- “instigate” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “instigate” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- present adverbial passive participle of instigi