Meaning of instigate

in•sti•gate

Pronunciation: (in'sti-gāt"), [key]
— -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
  1. to cause by incitement; foment: to instigate a quarrel.
  2. to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course: to instigate the people to revolt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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