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verb [transitive] provoke pronunciation in British English /prəˈvəʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleprovoking
past tenseprovoked
past participleprovoked
  1. 1
    to deliberately try to make someone angry
    He’s just trying to provoke you.
    provoke someone into doing something: She couldn’t provoke him into arguing.
  2. 2
    to cause a reaction, especially an angry one
    provoke a reaction/response: The Minister’s speech has provoked a furious reaction.
    provoke outrage/hostility: Her decision to leave her child provoked outrage.


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