provoke


provoke

verb

Definition of PROVOKE

1
to rouse to strong feeling or action <his teasing finally provoked her to anger> <bees generally will not sting unless they are provoked>
Phrases build a fire under
Near Antonyms calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate
2
to bring (something volatile or intense) into being <rankings that are sure to provoke an argument among film buffs>
Synonyms abet, brew, ferment, foment, instigate, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up)

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