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English verb: incite

1. incite (creation) give an incentive for action


SamplesThis moved me to sacrifice my career.


ExamplesThey incite him to write the letter


Synonymsactuate, motivate, move, prompt, propel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make


Verb groupaffect, impress, move, move, strike

2. incite (communication) provoke or stir up


SamplesIncite a riot.
Set off great unrest among the people.


Synonymsinstigate, set off, stir up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)provoke, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)raise


Causeact, move

3. incite (contact) urge on; cause to act


SamplesThe other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window.


Synonymsegg on, prod


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)goad, goose, halloo









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