verb (used with object), in·cit·ed, in·cit·ing.
- to stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action: to incite a crowd to riot.
- (tr) to stir up or provoke to action
mid-15c., from Middle French enciter (14c.), from Latin incitare “to put into rapid motion,” figuratively “rouse, urge, encourage, stimulate,” from in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + citare “move, excite” (see cite). Related: Incited; inciting.