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Definition of incite verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

incite

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they incite
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪt//
 
he / she / it incites
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪts//
 
past simple incited
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪtɪd//
 
past participle incited
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪtɪd//
 
-ing form inciting
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to encourage somebody to do something violent, illegal or unpleasant, especially by making them angry or excited incite something to incite crime/racial hatred/violence incite somebody (to something) They were accused of inciting the crowd to violence. incite somebody to do something He incited the workforce to come out on strike. Word Origin late 15th cent. (earlier (late Middle English) as incitation): from French inciter, from Latin incitare, from in- ‘towards’ + citare ‘rouse’.Extra examples He was convicted of inciting workers to strike. The governor blamed foreign groups for inciting the violence. There is legislation to ban material that incites racial hatred.
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