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British pronunciation/ˈɪnstɪɡˌe‍ɪt/
American pronunciation/ˈɪnstəˌɡeɪt/
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to deliberately provoke, encourage, or initiate actions that lead to conflict, hostility, or harmful consequences

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to cause something to begin or occur

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Driven by their deep-seated jealousy, the envious neighbor attempted to instigate conflict between the two families.
With a calculated move, the agent planted false evidence to instigate suspicion and create chaos within the organization.
In an attempt to gain control, the dictator used propaganda to instigate fear and suppress dissent among the citizens.
The controversial art exhibition instigated a fierce debate about freedom of expression.
Propelled by a viral video, the incident quickly instigated a nationwide conversation on racial equality.
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