What does INSTIGATE mean?

Definitions for INSTIGATE
ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪtINSTIGATE

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word INSTIGATE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incite, instigate, set off, stir upverb

    provoke or stir up

    "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"

  2. prompt, inspire, instigateverb

    serve as the inciting cause of

    "She prompted me to call my relatives"


  1. instigateverb

    To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.

    He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.

    Etymology: From the instigatus, past participle of instigare, from prefix in- in + *, akin to stinguere. Akin to stechen, stick.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instigateverb

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Instigate

    in′sti-gāt, v.t. to urge on: to set on: to foment.—ns. Instigā′tion, the act of inciting: impulse, esp. to evil; In′stigator, an inciter, generally in a bad sense. [L. instigāre, -ātum.]

How to pronounce INSTIGATE?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say INSTIGATE in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of INSTIGATE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of INSTIGATE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of INSTIGATE in a Sentence

  1. Latin America:

    With lies and tricks they're trying to instigate hatred and racism.

  2. Dean Alexander:

    Unfortunately I think it is more of what we can expect in the future -- whether it is copy cats or whether you have, again, either ISIS-aligned or inspired or ISIS-directed individuals, it might instigate ISIS to take a more proactive approach to send individuals here to the U.S. or to try to recruit.

  3. Jerry Springer:

    Never before has the candidate himself been the one to instigate whatever the problems are, and so yes, that has created a problem. But frankly ... I don't think there's any way that Donald Trump gets elected as president of the United States.

  4. Clifford Villanueva Villalon:

    The purpose of writing is not to commend the flaws and imperfections in life. We do not write to encourage enmity or to instigate evil. We want to promote writing not as self-expression, but to minimize life's imperfections.

  5. Hanan Yadin:

    I am not sure that anyone can stop this completely, this is a warfare game, psychological warfare – to instill fear and intimidation among the targets. It is also an effective and cheap tool to instigate and to recruit.

Images & Illustrations of INSTIGATE


Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for INSTIGATE

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for INSTIGATE »


Find a translation for the INSTIGATE definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these INSTIGATE definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "INSTIGATE." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 28 Jul 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/INSTIGATE>.

    Are we missing a good definition for INSTIGATE? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. acclaim
    • B. conform
    • C. jeopardize
    • D. signify

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for INSTIGATE: