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1. provoke

verb. ['prəˈvoʊk'] provide the needed stimulus for.

Synonyms

  • agitate
  • entice
  • stir up
  • rejuvenate
  • stimulate
  • set off
  • instigate
  • foment
  • incite
  • tempt
  • jog
  • challenge

Antonyms

  • extinguish
  • cool
  • coldness
  • anestrus

Etymology

  • provoquer (French)
  • provocare (Latin)

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Rhymes with Provoke

  • misspoke
  • stroke
  • revoke
  • invoke
  • stoke
  • spoke
  • snoke
  • smoke
  • smoak
  • schroeck
  • schmoke
  • laroque
  • larocque
  • evoke
  • droke
  • croke
  • croak
  • cloke
  • cloak
  • broke
  • bloke
  • baroque
  • awoke
  • yolk
  • yoke
  • yoak
  • wouk
  • wolk
  • woke
  • szoke

Sentences with provoke


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Such topics provoke strong opinions.

2. Verb, base form
If your dog may injure or provoke another dog, keep him out of the park, period.

3. Verb, past tense
The fuel should flow through the carburetor and provoke a "rough" start.

4. Noun, singular or mass
That incessant chirping is meant to be maddening and provoke you to take action.

Quotes about provoke


1. Books can also provoke emotions. And emotions sometimes are even more troublesome than ideas. Emotions have led people to do all sorts of things they later regret-like, oh, throwing a book at someone else.
- Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of This Book Is Secret

2. This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.
- Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

3. By heavens! there is something after all in the world allowing one man to steal a horse while another must not look at a halter. Steal a horse straight out. Very well. He has done it. Perhaps he can ride. But there is a way of looking at a halter that would provoke the most charitable of saints into a kick.
- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

2. provoke

verb. ['prəˈvoʊk'] evoke or provoke to appear or occur.

Synonyms

  • kick up
  • make
  • evoke
  • raise
  • conjure
  • stir
  • pick
  • call down
  • bring up
  • cause
  • put forward
  • do
  • call forth
  • arouse
  • conjure up

Antonyms

  • adduct
  • push
  • repel
  • abduct

Etymology

  • provoquer (French)
  • provocare (Latin)

3. provoke

verb. ['prəˈvoʊk'] call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).

Synonyms

  • kindle
  • heat
  • draw
  • rekindle
  • discompose
  • untune
  • inflame
  • anger
  • prick
  • ask for
  • wound
  • discomfit
  • shame
  • spite
  • stir up
  • elicit
  • touch a chord
  • invite
  • shake
  • sweep over
  • create
  • enkindle
  • overcome
  • whelm
  • arouse
  • disconcert
  • excite
  • evoke
  • wake
  • stir
  • shake up
  • fire up
  • interest
  • bruise
  • injure
  • infatuate
  • strike a chord
  • raise
  • make
  • stimulate
  • overpower
  • upset
  • overtake
  • offend
  • overwhelm
  • ignite
  • hurt

Antonyms

  • glycerolize
  • invest
  • deposit
  • sheathe

Etymology

  • provoquer (French)
  • provocare (Latin)

4. provoke

verb. ['prəˈvoʊk'] annoy continually or chronically.

Synonyms

  • rag
  • irritate
  • torment
  • vex
  • harass
  • molest
  • hassle
  • get to
  • frustrate
  • crucify
  • rile
  • chevvy
  • bother
  • devil
  • nark
  • gravel
  • chivy
  • get at
  • harry
  • chafe
  • nettle
  • annoy
  • chevy
  • haze
  • bedevil
  • beset
  • needle
  • goad
  • dun
  • plague

Antonyms

  • obviate
  • exhale
  • stay in place
  • open

Etymology

  • provoquer (French)
  • provocare (Latin)
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