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English definition of “instigate”

instigate

verb [T]     /ˈɪn.stɪ.ɡeɪt/ formal
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.Causing things to happen instigation     /ˌɪn.stɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] The inquiry was begun at the instigation of a local MP.Causing things to happen
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