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verb [transitive] provoke pronunciation in British English /prəˈvəʊk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprovoke
he/she/itprovokes
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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