\ 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

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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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Chinese short-term borrowing rates are too low, helping stoke a new stock bubble. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Is Chinese Quantitative Easing On the Way?," 7 Mar. 2019 Three golden apples stoke the fantasies of boomer retirement: To write that bestseller. Kathleen Hirsch,, "A portrait of the artist as an older woman," 29 June 2018 Die-hard Trump supporters remained steadfast, even as heart-rending photos of children held in cages and audio of terrified children crying out for their parents stoked outrage among Democrats and Republicans alike. Angie Wang And Dave Kolpack,, "Anderson Twp. Trustee Andrew Pappas among Trump supporters who backed policy to separate children," 21 June 2018 In addition to being a Trump supporter, Arpaio was also known for promoting the conspiracy theory Trump stoked about Obama's birth certificate. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "President Trump keeps pardoning his political friends," 31 May 2018 But since 2011 mental-health spending in Britain has fallen by about 1% in real terms, while greater public awareness of mental-health issues has stoked demand for services. The Economist, "An alarming rise in mental-health sectioning in Britain," 19 Apr. 2018 Jubilant shares surge as online orders stoke pizza deliveries Fast-food sales forecast to jump 5.8% to $21.2 billion in 2018 McDonald’s Corp. has a problem in India and its rivals are loving it. P R Sanjai,, "McDonald’s Has a Legal Problem in Pizza-Loving India," 27 Mar. 2018 While Bowyer was ecstatic, no one was more stoked about the victory than his 3-year-old son, Cash, who has been waiting his whole life to celebrate a victory with his dad. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Clint Bowyer and his 3-year-old son, Cash, had the best NASCAR celebration," 27 Mar. 2018 While Bowyer was ecstatic, no one was more stoked about the victory than his 3-year-old son, Cash, who has been waiting his whole life to celebrate a victory with his dad. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Bowyer, son Cash had best NASCAR celebration," 27 Mar. 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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