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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.
Translations of “instigate”
in Spanish instigar…
in French être l’instigateur/-trice de…
in German anstiften…
in Chinese (Traditional) 促使發生, 發起…
in Russian начинать, провоцировать…
in Turkish başlatmak, ön ayak olmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 促使发生, 发起…
in Polish wszczynać…
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