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verb poke pronunciation in British English /pəʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepoking
past tensepoked
past participlepoked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to push something quickly with your finger or a pointed object
    Jane poked me in the arm to get my attention.
    The boys were poking the insects with a pen.
    poke at: Tom poked at the vegetables with his fork.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something into or through a small space or hole
    Poking his hand into the bag, Paul pulled out a biscuit.
    See if you can poke one corner through, and I’ll pull it from the other side.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to continue beyond an object or surface
    poke through/out/from: A thin knee poked out of his worn jeans.
    Only her nose poked through her ski mask.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to quickly move part of your body somewhere
    poke something into/out of etc something: Dad poked his head into my room and said dinner was ready.


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