\ 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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Investors piled into haven assets and sold emerging-market currencies Monday as an intensifying trade conflict between the U.S. and China stoked global growth concern. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Yen Rises Versus Dollar After China Retaliates," 13 May 2019 If these moody looks are stoking your interest, good news: Brands from Mango to Raquel Allegra are making elegant tie-dye pieces for everyday. Vogue, "Zara Tie-Dye Skirt," 16 Mar. 2019 Stories like that circulate in the gay and lesbian community, stoking anxiety. Robert Weisman,, "Gay boomers look ahead to an old age colored by uncertainty and the help of friends," 9 June 2018 President Donald Trump reiterated his call to bring Russia back into the Group of Eight bloc, stoking an already-fraught relationship between the U.S. and its allies at a summit in Canada. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump Reiterates Call to Bring Russia Back Into Group of Eight," 9 June 2018 Perhaps the biggest reason for the recent increase are oil prices that have hit a 41-month high after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries extended production cuts and the strong global economy stoked demand. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Gas prices could hit $3 nationwide Memorial Day weekend," 24 May 2018 Tesla’s constantly shifting approach to its lineup and retail strategy has rattled investors and stoked confusion. Dana Hull, The Seattle Times, "Tesla just made it harder to buy its cheapest $35,000 electric car," 12 Apr. 2019 Nothing stokes wanderlust quite like a colorful photo, and some of the world’s most beautiful cities are awash in turquoise, lavender, golden yellows, and more. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 The incident has further stoked the nation's contentious debate over immigration reform. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Lawmakers must balance border security with compassion, says man whose father was killed by drunken driver in the country illegally," 13 Feb. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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