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provoke

[ pruh-vohk ]
/ prəˈvoʊk /
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verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.

to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?
Obsolete. to summon.

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Nearby words

provo, provocate, provocateur, provocation, provocative, provoke, provoking, provolone, provost, provost court, provost guard

Origin of provoke

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prōvocāre to call forth, challenge, provoke, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vocāre to call; akin to vōx voice
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1. See irritate. 2, 3. See incite.
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British Dictionary definitions for unprovoked (1 of 2)

unprovoked

/ (ʌnprəˈvəʊkt) /

adjective

not provoked by anything done or said

British Dictionary definitions for unprovoked (2 of 2)

provoke

/ (prəˈvəʊk) /

verb (tr)

to anger or infuriate
to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate
to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person
obsolete to summon
Derived Formsprovoking, adjectiveprovokingly, adverb

Word Origin for provoke

C15: from Latin prōvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
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