What does provoke mean?

Definitions for provoke
prəˈvoʊkpro·voke

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. provoke(Verb)

    to cause someone to become annoyed or angry.

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

    Etymology: From provoquer, from provocare.

  2. provoke(Verb)

    to bring about a reaction.

    Etymology: 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]

Freebase

  1. Provoke

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provoke

    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.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say provoke in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provoke in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provoke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of provoke in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    Send a signal and harass and provoke.

  2. Sunni Muslims.The Pope:

    In order to prevent conflicts and build peace, it is essential that we spare no effort in eliminating situations of poverty and exploitation where extremism more easily takes root, and in blocking the flow of money and weapons destined to those who provoke violence.

  3. Ivan Novak:

    We are not interested in supporting the regime. Also, we are not going there to provoke the North Korean authorities, we are actually going there more to provoke everybody outside North Korea.

  4. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:

    Ninety percent of those who commit terrorist acts fall into it after regularly consulting websites or blogs that call for or provoke terrorism.

  5. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro:

    It is the government of the United States that is behind the plans of destabilization and coups against Venezuela. I have come here to denounce it. ... We have dismantled a coup attempt against democracy, against the stability of our homeland, it was an attempt to use a group of officials from the air force to provoke a violent act, an attack.

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