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Meaning & Definition of Provoke in English

English

Provoke

/prəvoʊk/

verb

1. Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

  • "Arouse pity"
  • "Raise a smile"
  • "Evoke sympathy"
    synonym:
  • arouse
  • ,
  • elicit
  • ,
  • enkindle
  • ,
  • kindle
  • ,
  • evoke
  • ,
  • fire
  • ,
  • raise
  • ,
  • provoke

2. Evoke or provoke to appear or occur

  • "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
    synonym:
  • provoke
  • ,
  • evoke
  • ,
  • call forth
  • ,
  • kick up

3. Provide the needed stimulus for

    synonym:
  • provoke
  • ,
  • stimulate

4. Annoy continually or chronically

  • "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"
  • "This man harasses his female co-workers"
    synonym:
  • harass
  • ,
  • hassle
  • ,
  • harry
  • ,
  • chivy
  • ,
  • chivvy
  • ,
  • chevy
  • ,
  • chevvy
  • ,
  • beset
  • ,
  • plague
  • ,
  • molest
  • ,
  • provoke

Examples of using

He was always trying to provoke an argument.
A facet of genius is the ability to provoke scandals.