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instigate

in·sti·gate

instigate

 
pronunciation:
In stih geIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: instigated, instigates, instigating
definition: to purposely agitate or incite; provoke; foment.
He instigated the riot.
similar words:
incite, pick, provoke
derivations: instigative (adj.), instigatingly (adv.), instigator (n.)