The definition of provoke is to push something to happen, or to annoy.verb
An example of provoke is to insult someone until they want to fight.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- provoker noun
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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.