\ 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 And Bruce Springsteen is bringing back his one-man Broadway show later in June for a few weeks to stoke interest in New York's theatre offerings. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 10 June 2021 To stoke growth, Hyman was busy sealing deals with designers to deliver more rent-friendly looks and clothing categories to her style-hungry clientele. Steven Bertoni, Forbes, 4 June 2021 And Krasinski worked hard to stoke excitement, traveling the country in the week leading up to release to surprise moviegoers. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 And Krasinski worked hard to stoke excitement, traveling the country in the week leading up to release to surprise moviegoers. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, 30 May 2021 Erdogan has also worked hard to stoke national pride. Ian Bremmer, Time, 4 Mar. 2021 Biden administration officials and senior lawmakers plan to scrutinize U.S. corporations like Amazon that do business with Chinese technology companies, as Beijing’s human rights abuses stoke controversy over partnerships in that sector. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 11 Feb. 2021 Cooks occasionally clamber up the trailer to stoke the smoker’s fires; bees feeding their queen royal jelly. Soleil Ho,, 7 Jan. 2021 The song is, as Williams explains, intended as kindling for aspiring Black business owners to stoke the flames of ambition within them. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 12 Nov. 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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Last Updated

23 Jun 2021

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“Stoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈstōk How to pronounce stoke (audio) \

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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