- 1instigate something (especially British English) to make something start or happen, usually something official synonym bring somethingabout The government has instigated a programme of economic reform.
- 2instigate something to cause something bad to happen They were accused of instigating racial violence. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘urge on’): from Latin instigat-
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they instigate
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪt//he / she / it instigates
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪts//past simple instigated
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪtɪd//past participle instigated
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪtɪd//-ing form instigating
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪɡeɪtɪŋ//