\ ˈstōk How to pronounce stoke (audio) \
stoked; stoking

Definition of stoke

transitive verb

1 : to poke or stir up (a fire, flames, etc.) : supply with fuel
2 : to feed abundantly
3 : to increase the activity, intensity, or amount of limiting the number of cars available … will help stoke demand for the car— Keith Naughton

intransitive verb

: to stir up or tend a fire (as in a furnace) : supply a furnace with fuel

Examples of stoke in a Sentence

The engineer stoked the coals. The new ad campaign has helped to stoke sales. Poor revenue figures have stoked concerns about possible layoffs.
Recent Examples on the Web Author Ryan Busse, a former gun-industry insider, made public the gun manufacturers’ and NRA’s strategy to stoke fear among white males and to brand semiautomatic weapons as symbols of masculinity and patriotism. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 8 July 2022 On one hand, Fowler’s conclusions—that the social networks are predatory and capitalize on emotional fragility by recommending images that stoke fear—are absolutely convincing. Wired, 6 July 2022 Today, extreme right officials and community leaders are heinously using LGBTQ+ students as pawns to stoke fear (and win votes). Allison Hope, CNN, 16 June 2022 Early ticket sales for the film were bolstered by an NFT offer that appeared to stoke collector interest. Adario Strange, Quartz, 20 Dec. 2021 In the wide-ranging interview, Barr also appeared to stoke Trump's claims that mail-in voting could be vulnerable to fraud and that extremists were traveling from city to city to incite violence at demonstrations against police abuse. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2020 And in South Africa, xenophobia constantly simmers under the surface, periodically erupting into violence against immigrants as politicians stoke fears that foreigners are taking scarce jobs. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 June 2022 The end of those programs, and the higher interest rates ahead, are a turnaround from years of policies that have tried to stoke lackluster inflation and economic growth in the countries that use the euro. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Ukraine's defense ministry has warned that Russia is working to stoke unrest in nearby Moldova. NBC News, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stoke

1683, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for stoke

Dutch stoken; akin to Middle Dutch stuken to push

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29 Jul 2022

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Medical Definition of stoke

: the cgs unit of kinematic viscosity being that of a fluid which has a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per cubic centimeter

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