[syn: prompt, inspire, instigate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Instigate \In"sti*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instigated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Instigating.] [L. instigatus, p. p. of
instigare to instigate; pref. in- in + a root akin to G.
stechen to prick, E. stick. See Stick.]
To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; --
used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate
one to a crime.
He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very
extent of their malignity. --Bp.
Syn: To stimulate; urge; spur; provoke; tempt; incite; impel;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest
among the people" [syn: incite, instigate, set off,
2: serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my
relatives" [syn: prompt, inspire, instigate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
59 Moby Thesaurus words for "instigate":
abet, activate, actuate, agitate, arouse, blow the coals, bring,
bring on, call forth, contrive, draw down, draw on, effect, elicit,
evoke, excite, fan, fan the flame, feed the fire, ferment, fire,
foment, get, goad, heat, heat up, hint, impassion, incense, incite,
induce, inflame, insinuate, inspire, lead, motivate, nettle,
obtain, pique, plan, plot, procure, provoke, put up to, raise,
rally, scheme, set, set on, sic on, stir the embers, stir up,
suggest, superinduce, tickle, urge, whet, whip up, work up