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instigate

Synonyms of instigate in English:

verb

  • 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;
    informal kick off
    formal commence
    [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;
    informal put up to
    North American informal root on
    Law procure
    [Antonyms] dissuade
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