WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•sti•ga•tion  (in′sti gāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of instigating;
    incitement.
  2. an incentive.
  • Latin instīgātiōn- (stem of instīgātiō). See instigate, ion
  • late Middle English 1375–1425

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•sti•gate /ˈɪnstɪˌgeɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -gat•ed, -gat•ing. 
  1. to cause (something) to happen by urging; foment:[+ object]to instigate a quarrel.
  2. to urge or provoke to some action:[+ object + to + verb/object]to instigate people to revolt.
in•sti•ga•tion /ˌɪnstɪˈgeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
in•sti•ga•tor, n. [countable]Blame the riot on those instigators.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•sti•gate  (insti gāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -gat•ed, -gat•ing. 
  1. to cause by incitement; foment:to instigate a quarrel.
  2. to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course:to instigate the people to revolt.
insti•gat′ing•ly, adv. 
insti•ga′tive, adj. 
insti•ga′tor, in•sti•gant  (insti gənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Latin instīgātus past participle of instīgāre to goad on, impel, equivalent. to in- in-2 + -stīg- goad, prick (akin to stigma, stick2) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1535–45
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arouse, provoke.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged induce, stimulate, encourage, push;
      initiate, start.

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