Provoke Definition

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To excite to some action or feeling.
Webster's New World
To anger, irritate, or annoy.
Webster's New World
To stir up (action or feeling)
Webster's New World
To give rise to; bring about.
A miscue that provoked laughter; news that provoked an uproar.
American Heritage
To call forth; evoke.
To provoke a smile.
Webster's New World

Origin of Provoke

  • Middle English provoken from Old French provoquer from Latin prōvocāre to challenge prō– forth pro–1 vocāre to call wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French provoquer, from Latin prōvocāre.

    From Wiktionary

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