Pronunciation: (in'sti-gāt"), [key]
—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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.