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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·sti·gate /ˈɪn(t)stəˌget/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·sti·gate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instigated p. pr. & vb. n. Instigating ]  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.
    He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity.   --Bp. Warburton.
 Syn: -- To stimulate; urge; spur; provoke; tempt; incite; impel; encourage; animate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest
           among the people" [syn: incite, set off, stir up]
      2: serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my
         relatives" [syn: prompt, inspire]