1. To inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to.
2. To spur on.
1. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements.
2. To encourage; to abet; to instigate; used often to refer to political insurrection.
To urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate; SYN. force.
To provoke or stir up; SYN. instigate, set off, stir up.
To provoke; to incite; to initiate; -- used chiefly with reference to evil actions