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pro·voke

provoke

 
 
pronunciation:
pr vok
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part of speech: verb
inflections: provokes, provoking, provoked
definition 1: to make angry, annoyed, or emotional; bring to action.
Her fiery speech provoked the audience.
synonyms:
agitate, anger, excite
antonyms:
appease, calm
similar words:
bait, enrage, exasperate, fire up, incense, incite, infuriate, needle, prompt, rouse
definition 2: to arouse or bring out.
The poem provoked feelings of joy.
synonyms:
inflame, kindle, move, stimulate
similar words:
arouse, awaken, rouse
definition 3: to stir up; excite.
The unfair law provoked protest.
synonyms:
cause, foster, generate, inspire
antonyms:
deter
similar words:
activate, effect, incite, pick, produce, prompt, yield
derivations: provokingly (adv.), provoker (n.)
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