verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
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People who received the vaccine have also reported fevers, fatigue, aches, or chills—a sign that the vaccine is working as intended to provoke a response from the immune system, experts say.Here’s where all the COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently stand|Kate Baggaley|December 18, 2020|Popular Science
These statements provoked public outcry but public health officials note there’s no reason to worry about this specific variant.There’s a new coronavirus strain in the UK, but don’t panic|Kat Eschner|December 16, 2020|Popular Science
This is typically the time of year when we roll out a different package, our annual Voice of the Year list, where we set out to determine who provoked the biggest civic dialogues over the past year.
When stressed, injured, starving, or otherwise provoked, the pinky-nail-sized Turritopsis dohrnii skips the whole growing old and dying thing in favor of reverting to infancy.
As long as you are able to provoke your respondents to bring something original to the table, selecting them from other roundup articles is absolutely fine.Simple guide to creating an expert roundup post that drives website traffic|Ivan Ambrocio|November 26, 2020|Search Engine Watch
No one remembers a laugh provoker, while even third rate "serious" actors win posthumous praise!Nat Goodwin's Book|Nat C. Goodwin
He thought of the actor's wife and two babies, especially the one who was his father's "tear provoker."Spring Street|James H. Richardson
Nay, now I have caught you; there was neither inviter, nor provoker, for I was all alone.
One of these venerable first principles is that mystery is the arch provoker.The Grain Of Dust|David Graham Phillips
Smoked halibut by any other designation would be a thirst-provoker just the same.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches|Henry A. Castle