arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke(verb)
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
"arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
provoke, evoke, call forth, kick up(verb)
evoke or provoke to appear or occur
"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
provide the needed stimulus for
harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke(verb)
annoy continually or chronically
"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
to cause someone to become annoyed or angry.
Don't provoke the dog, it may try to bite you.
to bring about a reaction.
Origin: From provoquer, from provocare.
to call forth; to call into being or action; esp., to incense to action, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition; hence, commonly, to incite, as a person, to action by a challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to irritate; to offend intolerably; to cause to retaliate
to cause provocation or anger
to appeal. [A Latinism]
Provoke is the third album of Dutch death metal band Altar. It was released in 1998 by Displeased Records.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prō-vōk′, v.t. to call forth: to summon: to excite or call into action: to excite with anger: to offend: (B.) to challenge.—n. Provocā′tion, act of provoking: that which provokes: any cause of danger.—adjs. Provoc′ative, Provoc′atory, tending to provoke or excite.—n. anything that stirs up or provokes.—n. Provoc′ativeness, the quality of being provocative.—adj. Provō′kable.—ns. Provōke′ment (Spens.), provocation; Provō′ker, one who, or that which, provokes, causes, or promotes.—adj. Provō′king, irritating.—adv. Provō′kingly.—The provocation, the sojourn of the Jews in the wilderness, when they provoked God. [Fr. provoquer—L. provocāre, pro, forth, vocāre, to call.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'provoke' in Verbs Frequency: #721
The numerical value of provoke in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of provoke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The spike in demand at the end of 2014 will literally provoke a collapse in sales.
I have news for The Palestinians : you can not agitate and provoke your way to a state.
To innovate and move forward you must provoke the market for a response and respond to it.
Those who try to give us advice on matters of human rights do nothing but provoke an ironic smile among us. We will not permit anyone to interfere in our affairs.
It's amazing, this is a new beginning, a dream come true for the 11.2 million Cubans in Cuba, and I think it will provoke a change of mentality here too in this community.
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- استفز, يستفزArabic
- 憤慨, 怒らせる, 立腹Japanese
- māreherehe, makitohene, raparapaMāori
- provocar, irritarPortuguese
- рассердить, сердить, спровоцировать, провоцироватьRussian
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