\ 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 His interest wasn’t methodological rigor; the goal was to feed and stoke anti-Muslim sentiments among his supporters. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump used a recent rally in North Carolina to try and stoke Republican’s enthusiasm for Dan Bishop, on the eve of the congressional candidate’s narrow election victory in a do-over vote after 2018 midterm results were tossed out on fraud concerns. Washington Post, "Trump targets border state with rally amid defiant Democrats," 15 Sep. 2019 Though the plan stoked debate, its language percolated into a number of bills passed by the Legislature this session. Rachel Swan,, "Measure clears way for tax hikes on ballot to address Bay Area housing crisis," 14 Sep. 2019 His tougher policy on them comes after his party suffered a humiliating defeat in the election for mayor of Istanbul in June, and as a deepening recession, soaring unemployment and inflation have stoked anti-Syrian feeling among Turks. Carlotta Gall, New York Times, "Turkey’s Radical Plan: Send a Million Refugees Back to Syria," 10 Sep. 2019 The bill has since been shelved, but the uproar stoked a wider civil unrest that shows no sign of ending. Carly Walsh, CNN, "Hong Kong officials deny protesters a permit for Sunday march," 16 Aug. 2019 Public outrage stoked by accusations that Juul Labs was deliberately targeting youths led the company to voluntarily stop shipping most flavored pods, like mango and cucumber, to thousands of retail locations around the country. Sheila Kaplan, New York Times, "Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes," 11 Sep. 2019 Winter-sport enthusiasts should be stoked by the almanac's prediction for the region including Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado: Expect prime snow conditions, thanks to low temperatures and deep powder predictions. Natalie B. Compton,, "Predictions say it’s going to be a brutal winter. Here are vacation ideas to plan accordingly.," 9 Sep. 2019 The reality of 5G has so far fallen short of the hype stoked by carriers and Federal Communications Commission officials, who have claimed 5G is so revolutionary that the usual rules and regulations shouldn't apply to its rollout. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon’s 5G network isn’t good enough to cover an entire NFL stadium," 6 Sep. 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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25 Oct 2019

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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)


\ 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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to speed up the process or progress of

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