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Synonyms of instigate in English:


  • 1 the Commission instigated formal proceedings he accused union leaders of instigating the disturbances
    set in motion, put in motion, get under way, get going, get off the ground, get in operation, start, begin, initiate, launch, institute, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, set up, inaugurate, found, establish, put in place, organize, get working, get functioning, activate;
    trigger off, set off, spark off, inspire, foment, kindle, stir up, whip up, actuate, generate, cause, bring about;
    informalkick off
    [Antonyms] halt
  • 2 the clergy were criticized for instigating men to refuse allegiance
    incite, encourage, urge, goad, provoke, spur on, drive on, egg on, entice, stimulate, push, press, prod, prompt, induce, impel, prevail upon, constrain, motivate, make, influence, persuade, sway;
    informalput up to
    North American informalroot on
    Law procure
    [Antonyms] dissuade
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