provoke

  • 1 Provoke — Pro*voke , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Provoked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Provoking}.] [F. provoquer, L. provocare to call forth; pro forth + vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice, cry, call. See {Voice}.] To call forth; to call into being or action; esp., to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 provoke — 1 Provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken, galvanize can all mean to rouse one into doing or feeling something or to call something into existence by so rousing a person. Provoke stresses a power in the agent or agency sufficient to produce… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 provoke — pro·voke /prə vōk/ vt pro·voked, pro·vok·ing 1: to incite to anger 2: to provide the needed stimulus for pro·vok·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 provoke — [prə vōk′, prōvōk′] vt. provoked, provoking [ME provoken < MFr provoquer < L provocare, to call forth < pro , PRO 2 + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. to excite to some action or feeling 2. to anger, irritate, or annoy 3 …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 provoke — [v1] make angry abet, abrade, affront, aggravate, anger, annoy, bother, bug*, chafe, enrage, exasperate, exercise, foment, fret, gall*, get*, get on one’s nerves*, get under one’s skin*, grate, hit where one lives*, incense, incite, inflame,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 Provoke — Pro*voke , v. i. 1. To cause provocation or anger. [1913 Webster] 2. To appeal. Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 provoke — early 15c., from O.Fr. provoker (14c., Fr. provoquer), from L. provocare call forth, challenge, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + vocare to call (see VOICE (Cf. voice)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 provoke — ► VERB 1) stimulate or cause (a strong or unwelcome reaction or emotion) in someone. 2) deliberately annoy or anger. 3) incite to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger. ORIGIN Latin provocare to challenge …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 provoke — pro|voke [prəˈvəuk US ˈvouk] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: provoquer, from Latin provocare, from vocare to call ] 1.) to cause a reaction or feeling, especially a sudden one →↑provocation provoke a protest/an outcry/criticism etc ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 provoke */*/ — UK [prəˈvəʊk] / US [prəˈvoʊk] verb [transitive] Word forms provoke : present tense I/you/we/they provoke he/she/it provokes present participle provoking past tense provoked past participle provoked 1) to deliberately try to make someone angry He… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 provoke — transitive verb (provoked; provoking) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French *provoker, provocher, from Latin provocare, from pro forth + vocare to call, from voc , vox voice more at pro , voice Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic to arouse to …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 provoke — v. 1) (D; tr.) to provoke into (to provoke smb. into doing smt.) 2) (rare) (H) to provoke smb. to do smt. * * * [prə vəʊk] (rare) (H) to provoke smb. to do smt. (D; tr.) to provoke into (to provoke smb. into doing smt.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 provoke — verb ADVERB ▪ deliberately ▪ inevitably (esp. BrE) ▪ The suggestion inevitably provoked outrage from student leaders. ▪ immediately ▪ eventually …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 provoke — pro|voke [ prə vouk ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to deliberately try to make someone angry: He s just trying to provoke you. provoke someone into doing something: She couldn t provoke him into arguing. 2. ) to cause a reaction, especially an angry… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 provoke — 01. Henry [provoked] his brother into fighting by teasing him, and then pulling his hair. 02. The police fired on the demonstrators without [provocation] of any kind. 03. The politician has made a number of [provocative] speeches which have drawn …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 provoke — verb (T) 1 to cause a sudden reaction that is often very extreme or unpleasant: The decision to invade provoked storms of protest in the UN. | provoke sb to do sth: It s the first time an article has provoked me to write in to the newspaper. 2 to …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 provoke — [[t]prəvo͟ʊk[/t]] ♦♦♦ provokes, provoking, provoked 1) VERB If you provoke someone, you deliberately annoy them and try to make them behave aggressively. [V n] He started beating me when I was about fifteen but I didn t do anything to provoke him …

    English dictionary

  • 18 provoke — provoker, n. /preuh vohk /, v.t., provoked, provoking. 1. to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex. 2. to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh. 3. to incite or stimulate (a person, animal …

    Universalium

  • 19 provoke — verb a) to cause (a person) to become annoyed or angry. Dont provoke the dog, it may try to bite you. b) to bring about a reaction. Syn: bring about, discompose, egg on, engender, evoke, incite …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 provoke — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. annoy, irritate, exasperate, nettle; excite, arouse; anger, incite, evoke, elicit; goad, vex. See cause, excitement, resentment. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To vex] Syn. irritate, put out, aggravate;… …

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