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provoke

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1 to rouse to strong feeling or action

  • his teasing finally provoked her to anger
  • bees generally will not sting unless they are provoked
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build a fire under

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2 to bring (something volatile or intense) into being

  • rankings that are sure to provoke an argument among film buffs
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set in motion

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Synonym Discussion of provoke

provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth.
    • my stories usually provoke laughter
excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly.
    • news that excited anger and frustration
stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference.
    • stimulating conversation
pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge.
    • that remark piqued my interest
quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively.
    • the high salary quickened her desire to have the job

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