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instigate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word instigate

(verb) provoke or stir up
Synonyms : incite , set off , stir up
Example Sentence
  • incite a riot
  • set off great unrest among the people

(verb) serve as the inciting cause of
Synonyms : inspire , prompt
Example Sentence
  • She prompted me to call my relatives

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for instigate

I am always motivated whenever I see the Institute gate (relate to instigate) of "MIT".
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by saikiran

instigate means bring about or initiate.....hence INSTIGATE=INITIATE.....
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by nileshdive

instigate = sounds like "investigate" = police "urge" you or "provoke" you to tell the truth
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by somabrata

relate it with ignite..with ignition smthngs start..
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by amitarora

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