Definition of provoke
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
A mélange of Instagram, Tinder and text had rendered individuals as social islands, and hindered the type of face-to-face discussion that has long sparked creativity and thought-provoking design.
It was thought-provoking — and wonderfully sly — that Botsford depicted the president-elect descending rather than ascending.
A spending bill including money for border construction could also provoke a legislative showdown given potential opposition from Senate Democrats.
The Chron's city hall reporting team looked hard at a popular tax reinvestment zone program that has brought benefits - and provoked questions of fairness in Houston.
Trump followed the call with two tweets accusing China of manipulating its currency, unfairly taxing American imports and provoking tensions in the South China Sea.
However, after a cool reception from investors, which provoked the dismissal of the bank’s chief executive last month, management may seek to prod bondholders to convert their investments into equity.
In this parsnip velouté, Gagnaire displays a simpler approach, that is, while no less thought provoking, more attainable for home cooks.
The monarchies of Saudi Arabia and Jordan fear that riots and chaos in Iraq could provoke similar upheaval among their own peoples.
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Synonym Discussion of provoke
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
Definition of provoke for Students
1 : to cause to become angry Don't provoke your sister.
2 : to bring about The joke provoked a smile.
Word Root of provoke
The Latin word vox, meaning “voice,” and the related word vocāre, meaning “to call”, give us the root voc or vok. Words from the Latin vox or vocāre have something to do with the voice or with calling. Anything vocal is produced by the voice. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. To evoke is to call forth. To invoke is to call on for aid or protection. To provoke is to call forth another's anger. The word voice also has vox as its root.
Medical Definition of provoke
: to induce (a physical reaction) ipecac provokes vomiting
Legal Definition of provoke
1 : to incite to anger
2 : to provide the needed stimulus for
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