tr.v. in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing, in·sti·gates
1. To initiate or bring about, often by inciting: instigate a public discussion of the issue; instigate an uprising.
2. To urge on; goad: tried to instigate the people to revolt.
[Latin īnstīgāre, īnstīgāt-; see steig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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