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Synonyms of instigate in English:


  • 1 the committee instigated formal proceedings
    set in motion, get underway, get off the ground, start, commence, begin, initiate, launch, institute, set up, inaugurate, establish, organize;
    actuate, generate, bring about;
    start the ball rolling on, kick off
    [Antonyms] halt
  • 2 the liberal clergy is instigating a movement of political reform
    incite, encourage, urge, provoke, goad, spur (on), initiate, stimulate, push (for), prompt, induce;
    informal root on
    [Antonyms] dissuade, quell
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