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Definition of instigate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they instigate
    he / she / it instigates
    past simple instigated
    -ing form instigating
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  1. 1instigate something to cause something bad to happen They were accused of instigating racial violence.
  2. 2instigate something to make something start or happen, usually something official The government has instigated a program of economic reform.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: instigate