- Word Combinations (verb)
|part of speech:
||instigates, instigating, instigated
||to purposely agitate or incite; provoke; foment.
It was believed that leaders of a radical movement instigated the riot.Revolutionaries instigated an uprising against the government.
- similar words:
- incite, pick, provoke
||abet, actuate, agitate, arouse, fan, induce, initiate, lash, prod, prompt, push, start, stimulate, stir, warm
||instigative (adj.), instigatingly (adv.), instigator (n.)