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provoke - Dictionary definition and meaning for word provoke

(verb) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
Synonyms : arouse , elicit , enkindle , evoke , fire , kindle , raise
Example Sentence
  • arouse pity
  • raise a smile
  • evoke sympathy

(verb) evoke or provoke to appear or occur
Synonyms : call forth , evoke , kick up
Example Sentence
  • Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple

(verb) provide the needed stimulus for
Synonyms : stimulate

(verb) annoy continually or chronically
Synonyms : beset , chevvy , chevy , chivvy , chivy , harass , harry , hassle , molest , plague
Example Sentence
  • He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked
  • This man harasses his female co-workers

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for provoke

(Think of Provogue company): The sales man in provogue showroom started argumenting instaed of changing the defective shirt. It annoyed me badly.
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