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Meaning of PROVOKE

Pronunciation:  pru'vowk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  provide the needed stimulus for
  2. [v]  call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses; "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
  3. [v]  call forth; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
  4. [v]  annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"

PROVOKE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: arouse, beset, call forth, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, elicit, enkindle, evoke, evoke, fire, harass, harry, hassle, kick up, kindle, molest, plague, raise, stimulate
 See Also: agitate, anger, annoy, ask for, bedevil, bother, bruise, cause, chafe, challenge, create, crucify, devil, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, do, draw, dun, entice, excite, fire up, foment, frustrate, get at, get to, goad, gravel, heat, hurt, ignite, incite, infatuate, inflame, injure, instigate, interest, invite, irritate, jog, lure, make, make, nark, needle, nettle, offend, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, pick, prick, rag, rejuvenate, rekindle, rile, set off, shake, shake up, shame, spite, stimulate, stir, stir up, stir up, sweep over, tempt, torment, untune, upset, vex, wake, whelm, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pro*voke"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Provoked}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Provoking}.] [F. provoquer, L. provocare to call
    forth; pro forth + vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice,
    cry, call. See {Voice}.]
    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.
          Obey his voice, provoke him not.         --Ex. xxiii.
          Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. --Eph.
                                                   vi. 4.
          Such acts Of contumacy will provoke the Highest To make
          death in us live.                        --Milton.
          Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust? --Gray.
          To the poet the meaning is what he pleases to make it,
          what it provokes in his own soul.        -- J.
    Syn: To irritate; arouse; stir up; awake; excite; incite;
         anger. See {Irritate}.
  2. \Pro*voke"\, v. i.
    1. To cause provocation or anger.
    2. To appeal.
    Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Dryden.