Provoke - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |prəˈvoʊk|  American pronunciation of the word provoke
Brit.  |prəˈvəʊk|  British pronunciation of the word provoke


- call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) (syn: arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, raise)
- evoke or provoke to appear or occur(syn: evoke)

Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple

- provide the needed stimulus for (syn: stimulate)
- annoy continually or chronically (syn: beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague)


His remarks provoked both tears and laughter.

He just says those things because he's trying to provoke you.

The animal will not attack unless it is provoked.

The children's bad behaviour at last provoked their mother into anger.

The proposal provoked widespread criticism.

The decision to invade provoked storms of protest.

The novel has provoked fierce debate in the US.

She hopes her editorial will provoke readers into thinking seriously about the issue.

Emma, though still at school, was provoked to help too.

The dog would not have attacked if it hadn't been provoked.

Paul tried to provoke Fletch into a fight.

The opposition is trying to provoke the government into calling an election.

You are really enough to provoke a saint!

Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple

behavior that is likely to provoke aggression

Word forms

I/you/we/they: provoke
he/she/it: provokes
present participle: provoking
past tense: provoked
past participle: provoked
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