from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To provoke and urge on: troublemakers who incite riots; inciting workers to strike. See Synonyms at provoke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rouse, stir up or excite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To move to action; to stir up; to rouse; to spur or urge on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move to action; stir up; instigate; spur on.
  • Synonyms Impel, Induce, etc. (see actuate), stimulate, urge on, rouse, fire, provoke, excite, encourage, animate, set on, drive, persuade. See list under impel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provoke or stir up
  • v. urge on; cause to act
  • v. give an incentive for action


Middle English encyten, from Old French enciter, from Latin incitāre, to urge forward : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + citāre, to stimulate, frequentative of ciēre, to put in motion; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incitare ("to set in motion, hasten, urge, incite"), from in ("in, on") + citare ("to set in motion, urge"), frequentative of ciere ("to rouse, excite, call"). (Wiktionary)



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