- The definition of provoke is to push something to happen, or to annoy.
An example of provoke is to insult someone until they want to fight.
provoke definition by Webster's New World
- to excite to some action or feeling
- to anger, irritate, or annoy
- to stir up (action or feeling)
- to call forth; evoke: to provoke a smile
Origin: Middle English provoken ; from Middle French provoquer ; from Classical Latin provocare, to call forth ; from pro-, pro- plush vocare, to call ; from vox, voice
- provoker noun
provoke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pro·voked, pro·vok·ing, pro·vokes
- To incite to anger or resentment.
- To stir to action or feeling.
- To give rise to; evoke: provoke laughter.
- To bring about deliberately; induce: provoke a fight.
Origin: Middle English provoken, from Old French provoquer, from Latin prōvocāre, to challenge : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.