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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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