verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
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The study shows the vaccine causes few side effects and provokes a response in T-cells that target the virus within 14 days of the first dose and a protective antibody response within 28 days of the booster dose.
Ellis Cose, the eminent journalist, grapples with both explanations for our present crisis in his pithy and thought-provoking book, “The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America.”Some free-speech norms are in danger. Maybe that’s a good thing.|Kenneth Mack|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
The first presidential debate provoked shock and dismay in international news media.As The World Watches US Election, The Appeal Of America Is Diminished|LGBTQ-Editor|November 2, 2020|No Straight News
She also questioned Zuckerberg about Facebook’s alleged interest in pushing divisive content to users because it provokes them to spend more time on the platform.4 key moments from the Senate’s showdown with Big Tech CEOs|Danielle Abril|October 28, 2020|Fortune
Speaking of distance learning not going well … In his latest education column, VOSD’s Will Huntsberry lays out the particular challenges distance learning has provoked for English-learners.Morning Report: How to Open Schools and Other Stuff|Voice of San Diego|October 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Everyone out there who says, “Charlie Hebdo provoked,” is making the same fundamental error.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The story was so appalling, the attack so brutish and morally offensive, that it provoked an immediate, furious response.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story|Michael Moynihan|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And as with all cheerful, well-intentioned memes, the Challenge has provoked some good old-fashioned political trolling.
But in addition to attracting some 600,000 new donors, the viral charity stunt has provoked a bit of controversy, too.
The humiliating incident is likely to have provoked a furious reaction from the Queen.Queen's Horse Which Tested Positive For Morphine Could Have Eaten Poppy Seeds|Tom Sykes|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The imprudence of Haman hastened the doom his crimes had provoked.Notable Women of Olden Time|Anonymous
But it was not Hawthorne's silence that provoked to fiercest expression the safe zeal of certain literary loyalists.
His death at the hands of the Trojans provoked Achilles to action.
Even there they provoked the Most High, provoked him to jealousy with their graven images.The Power of Faith|Isabella Graham
In brief, trial by jury was abolished only when it had provoked anarchy.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce