Synonyms of instigate in English:

instigate


See definition of instigate

verb

1‘the Commission instigated formal proceedings’

SYNONYMS

set in motion, put in motion, get under way, get going, get off the ground, get in operation, start, begin, initiate, launch, institute, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, set up, inaugurate, found, establish, put in place, organize, get working, get functioning, activate

trigger off, set off, spark off, inspire, foment, kindle, stir up, whip up, actuate, generate, cause, bring about

get the ball rolling, set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling

informal kick off

formal commence

ANTONYMS

halt

2‘the clergy were criticized for instigating men to refuse allegiance’

SYNONYMS

incite, encourage, urge, goad, provoke, spur on, drive on, egg on, entice, stimulate, push, press, prod, prompt, induce, impel, prevail upon, constrain, motivate, make, influence, persuade, sway

arouse, rouse, excite, inflame, stir up, sting, prick

informal put up to

North American informal root on

procure

ANTONYMS

dissuade