how to pronounce instigate


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instigate is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of instigate in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… they always instigate to talk about them …”

meanings of instigate


  1. To goad or urge (a person) forward, especially to wicked actions; to provoke.
  2. To incite; to bring about by urging or encouraging.

instigate frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word instigate occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics instigate can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that instigate can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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