instigate instigate  /ˈɪn stə ˌɡeɪt/


  1. (v) provoke or stir up
  2. (v) serve as the inciting cause of


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  1. The mediator said she was happy that she could in some ways instigate the conversation.
  2. The authorities have transferred all inmates accused of instigating the riot to a high security prison.
  3. The labor union denied the charges that Mr Alan Turner, President of the union, instigated the strike.


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  1. "Our targeting of these countries will happen as soon as these missiles are brought," Putin said. "Please do not instigate an arms race in Europe. It is not needed. What should we do? Sit pretty while they deploy missiles?"
    on Sep 11, 2008 By: Vladimir Putin Source: Reuters

  2. "It will mean that Pakistan will fall and it will have serious implications internally for the security of our own countries and will instigate a wider Shiite-Sunni regional war on a grand scale," Ashdown said, comparing its potential scale to...
    on Oct 25, 2007 By: Paddy Ashdown Source: CNN

  3. "I just wanted to let you know that a) there may be some stink about this down the road; and b) I absolutely did not instigate or provoke it," Cummins added. "Whatever else happens is entirely their doing."
    on Apr 27, 2007 By: Bud Cummins Source: Forbes

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