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.
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transitive verb pro·voked, pro·vok·ing, pro·vokes
Origin: Middle English provoken
Origin: , from Old French provoquer
Origin: , from Latin prōvocāre, to challenge
Origin: : prō-, forth; see pro-1
Origin: + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
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