verb (used with object), instigated, instigating.
to cause by incitement; foment: to instigate a quarrel.
to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course: to instigate the people to revolt.
Origin: 1535–45; Related forms
< Latin instīgātus
past participle of instīgāre
to goad on, impel, equivalent to in- in-2
goad, prick (akin to stigma
) + -ātus -ate1
instigator, instigant /ˈɪnstɪgənt/ [in-sti-guhnt] Show IPA , noun
1. arouse, provoke. 2. induce, stimulate, encourage, push; initiate, start.