\ˈstōk \
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

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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.
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Fox News has escalated efforts to stoke fears about a caravan of Central American migrants amid clashes at the United States-Mexico border. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Fox News wants you to be very afraid of what’s happening at the border," 26 Nov. 2018 Family movie night is one of my favorite ways to stoke these flames. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "Nine Movies That Can Teach Your Children About Business," 25 Nov. 2018 Facebook may be used around the world to stoke nationalism and populist anger, but its ostensible guiding values are remarkably similar to those of the Liberal Democrats. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How platforms are driving users to misinformation about mail bombs," 27 Oct. 2018 The style continues to evolve—and to stoke the flames of collectors’ desire— through the house’s constant introduction of new materials, as well as the return of traditional favorites. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Behind the Legendary Good Fortune of Van Cleef's Alhambra," 1 Oct. 2018 This is because the hormones in them have the capacity to stoke the growth of cancers that are receptive to hormones. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 Like previous rounds of political speech designed to stoke tensions within the American body politic, these items also targeted users in the United Kingdom, Latin America, and the Middle East. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook: Iran has been posting hundreds of fake pages since 2011," 22 Aug. 2018 At the same time, the late-2017 tax cuts helped stoke business investment, and the U.S. government has increased its defense spending. Eric Morath, WSJ, "U.S. Industrial Production Edged Up in October," 16 Nov. 2018 Global business leaders also are reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stoking pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what happened to Khashoggi. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018

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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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The first known use of stoke was in 1683

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English Language Learners Definition of stoke

: to stir or add fuel to (something that is burning)

: to increase the amount or strength of (something)


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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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