One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the Commission instigated formal proceedings’
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
2‘the clergy were criticized for instigating men to refuse allegiance’
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
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