instigate

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Etymology[edit]

From the Latin īnstīgātus, past participle of īnstīgāre (to instigate), from prefix in- (in) + *stigare, akin to stinguere (push, goad). Compare German stechen (to prick), English stick.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnstəɡeɪt/
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Verb[edit]

instigate (third-person singular simple present instigates, present participle instigating, simple past and past participle instigated)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) to goad or urge (a person) forward, especially to wicked actions; to provoke
    to instigate someone to a crime
    Synonyms: animate, encourage, impel, incite, provoke, spur, stimulate, tempt, urge
    Antonyms: halt, prevent, stop

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instigate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of instigi

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

īnstīgāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of īnstīgō