\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier vowed to investigate any group that sought to stoke violence at the protest. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Armed militia member arrested after man is shot at Albuquerque protest," 16 June 2020 Google has largely shrugged off some $9 billion in fines and antitrust orders that tried to stoke more competition for search services. Fortune, "Meet Apple’s antitrust foil," 16 June 2020 Uncertain futures, on the other hand, stoke our fears, threaten our current, potential wellness. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "The Pandemic and the Protests Are Mirror Images," 10 June 2020 The California Democrat accused Trump on Tuesday of trying to stoke fear by claiming that those who want to defund the police plan to remove law enforcement from the United States entirely. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Creating fear where none is necessary': Kamala Harris says calls to defund police don't mean abolishment," 9 June 2020 Those numbers stoke concern that serious eye diseases linked to severe nearsightedness could accelerate as myopia becomes more prevalent. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "A New Approach to Dealing With Myopia in Kids," 8 June 2020 Graphika hasn’t found any large-scale, covert interference campaigns like the one Russia waged in the U.S. to stoke division during the 2016 presidential election. Alyza Sebenius,, "Iran, China Use Twitter to Bash U.S. for Protest Hypocrisy," 3 June 2020 Trump and other Republicans have accused members of antifa of traveling across the country to stoke violence at daily protests that have sprung up in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody. NBC News, "Ohio man denies Trump tweet that he's an 'anarchist' after video goes viral," 2 June 2020 The charges allege Rupert was trying to stoke chaos during Friday night's protests. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Over 7,200 people arrested in 43 U.S. cities this weekend, CBS News review finds," 2 June 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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