\ 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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The fact that there is a whole day honoring a person who thought of Black people as less than has further stoked their concern. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Tennessee Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring Slave Trader, KKK Leader," 15 July 2019 The threat of the raids has stoked fear nationwide and, earlier Friday, officials across Connecticut excoriated the president’s immigration actions and pledged to support local immigrants. Abigail Brone,, "Activists gather across the state to support immigrants at Lights for Liberty protests," 13 July 2019 Gallego's visible criticism may help stoke Democratic anger at Trump, but may not add much pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. Ruben Gallego calls for Donald Trump impeachment inquiry," 11 July 2019 Our cultural gatekeepers who stoke the resentment of new arrivals and turn them into grievance mongers like Ilhan Omar. Joey Morona,, "Tucker Carlson goes after Ilhan Omar again, says Fox News has his back," 11 July 2019 Deutsche Lufthansa AG also examined a purchase and the departure of Kjos following the exit in May of his ally, former chairman Bjorn Kise, may stoke further interest among major industry players. Benjamin Katz, Fortune, "Norwegian Air CEO Retires Amid Turnaround Efforts," 11 July 2019 The 27-year-old Brazilian missed the first day of training camp for his team, Paris Saint-Germain, on Monday, and that has only stoked the rumors that he'll be transferred. Allen Kim, CNN, "Soccer superstar Neymar Jr. could be on the move again soon," 9 July 2019 Open your eyes, shake out those positive vibes, send them into the universe, and leave with an open mind, open heart, fully stoked. Hannah Harper,, "I Worked Out With Ashley Graham—and My Abs Were on Fire," 8 July 2019 The lira has stabilized and inflation is down from its recent highs, stoking expectations for a small rate cut. Jason Karaian, Quartz, "Turkey’s president is testing his ability to bend the economy to his will," 7 July 2019

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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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