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instigate

verb [T] uk   /ˈɪn.stɪ.ɡeɪt/ formal us  
to cause an event or situation to happen by making a set of actions or a formal process begin: The government will instigate new measures to combat terrorism. The revolt in the north is believed to have been instigated by a high-ranking general.
instigation
noun [U] uk   /ˌɪn.stɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ us  
The inquiry was begun at the instigation of a local MP.
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