Examples of provoke in a Sentence
His remarks provoked both tears and laughter.
He just says those things because he's trying to provoke you.
The animal will not attack unless it is provoked.
Recent Examples of provoke from the Web
Just a few hours after throwing a wrench into the, well, line of succession, Logan keels over in a helicopter and lies comatose in a hospital, provoking his children and board of directors into action to find an interim CEO.
Cincinnati connection to the memorial The memorial aims to provoke discussions of race and the shared history of racial trauma nationwide.
This run can be shortened by cutting back early to check out the thought-provoking public artwork under the Cambie Street Bridge illustrating future sea level rise.
If Musk catches Trump’s ear, and is able to provoke him into asking China for changes, car companies have to contend with plenty of other issues besides tariffs when trying to expand into that new market.
An investigation by the city found that the smaller dog provoked the other dog before the attack by barking at it and running to the fence, according to police Sgt.
Yes, her previous albums were rich and diverse, but there was a singular motive behind them all: to provoke.
Or two weeks ago, when Stephenson provoked James into a technical foul for shoving Stephenson during a tense exchange.
The lesser charge takes into account the idea that a reasonable person could kill after being provoked into a sudden passion or heat of blood that deprives them of self-control, Harges said.
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set in motion;
Synonym Discussion of provoke
- my stories usually provoke laughter
- news that excited anger and frustration
- stimulating conversation
- that remark piqued my interest
- the high salary quickened her desire to have the job
synonyms see in addition irritate
PROVOKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of provoke for English Language Learners
: to cause the occurrence of (a feeling or action) : to make (something) happen
: to cause (a person or animal) to become angry, violent, etc.
PROVOKE Defined for Kids
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