- To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.
- He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.
Commonly used with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.
abet, activate, actuate, agitate, arouse, blow the coals, bring, bring on, call forth, contrive, draw down, draw on, effect, elicit, evoke, excite, fan, fan the flame, feed the fire, ferment, fire, foment, get, goad, heat, heat up, hint, impassion, incense, incite, induce, inflame, insinuate, inspire, lead, motivate, nettle, obtain, pique, plan, plot, procure, provoke, put up to, raise, rally, scheme, set, set on, sic on, stir the embers, stir up, suggest, superinduce, tickle, urge, whet, whip up, work up
- Instigate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Instigate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- present adverbial passive participle of instigi
- second-person plural present active imperative of instīgō