Definition of 'provoke'
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The vehement reaction it provoked wounded him deeply. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He had to learn how to handle certain situations because all his career he has had people trying to provoke him. The Sun (2016)I think the defenders know him and sometimes they try to provoke him. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He accused protesters of trying to provoke a coup. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The pictures provoked a furious reaction yesterday. Times, Sunday Times (2014)We are aware of the unique nature of the incident that provoked his anger. The Sun (2008)The hostile reaction provoked more bad passes. The Sun (2008)She looks for clothes that can tell a story and provoke an emotional reaction. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Major stress can provoke a reaction days afterwards. The Sun (2014)If it still provokes a reaction then it should be excluded for six months at least. The Beat Fatigue Workbook - how to identify the causes (1988)But there is also the fact that any rearranging of the distribution would be extremely likely to provoke a hostile reaction. Science, Technology, and Social Change (1988)Are you trying to provoke me? Times, Sunday Times (2010)She will also attempt to defuse the anger provoked throughout the police service by ministers questioning the tactics deployed to quell the disturbances. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Either somebody has misunderstood your intentions or they're trying to provoke you. Times, Sunday Times (2007)When plans were mooted for just such an enterprise in America it provoked a furious reaction. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A few try to provoke a reaction. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I am ashamed of what happened and understand the outrage and anger it has provoked. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We are trying to provoke a bit more excitement, but it has to come from the league and its clubs. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I'm not trying to provoke anyone. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A number of individuals singled out one of our officers, trying to provoke him. The Sun (2013)I try to provoke him by suggesting he's getting softer on politicians in the maturity of his years. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The college conducted a listening exercise, provoking anger from donors and alumni, before deciding that the statue should remain. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Its only purpose seems to have been to provoke people who really don't need any more provoking over a subject that really doesn't need any more speculation. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Translations for 'provoke'
British English: provoke VERB
If you provoke someone, you deliberately annoy them and try to make them behave aggressively.
He hit me, but I didn't do anything to provoke him.
Definition of provoke from the Collins English Dictionary
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