Definitions for provokeprəˈvoʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•voke*prəˈvoʊk(v.t.)-voked, -vok•ing.

  1. to anger, exasperate, or vex.

  2. to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity).

  3. to incite or stimulate to action.

  4. to give rise to, induce, or bring about.

* Syn: See incite.

Origin of provoke:

1400–50; < L prōvocāre to call forth, challenge, provoke =prō- pro -1+vocāre to call


Princeton's WordNet

  1. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke(verb)

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"

  2. provoke, evoke, call forth, kick up(verb)

    evoke or provoke to appear or occur

    "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

  3. provoke, stimulate(verb)

    provide the needed stimulus for

  4. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. provoke(verb)əˈvoʊk

    to intentionally make angry

    The witness said Martin provoked the men into a fight.

  2. provokeəˈvoʊk

    to cause a particular feeling or action

    The incident has provoked debate.


  1. provoke(Verb)

    to cause someone to become annoyed or angry.

    Don't provoke the dog, it may try to bite you.

  2. provoke(Verb)

    to bring about a reaction.

  3. Origin: From provoquer, from provocare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provoke(verb)

    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

  2. Provoke(verb)

    to cause provocation or anger

  3. Provoke(verb)

    to appeal. [A Latinism]


  1. Provoke

    Provoke is the third album of Dutch death metal band Altar. It was released in 1998 by Displeased Records.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provoke' in Verbs Frequency: #721

Translations for provoke

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make angry or irritated

Are you trying to provoke me?

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