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English verb: instigate

1. instigate (communication) provoke or stir up

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

Synonymsincite, 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

2. instigate (communication) serve as the inciting cause of

SamplesShe prompted me to call my relatives.

ExamplesThey instigate him to write the letter

Synonymsinspire, prompt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

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