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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. 1 instigate something to cause something bad to happen They were accused of instigating racial violence.
  2. 2 instigate 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