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Definition 1: provide the needed stimulus for - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for provoke in the sense of this definition

(provoke is a kind of ...) issue a challenge to

"Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

(... is a kind of provoke ) provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

"He lured me into temptation"

(... is a kind of provoke ) cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land

(... is a kind of provoke ) stimulate to remember

"jog my memory"

(... is a kind of provoke ) provoke or stir up

"incite a riot" "set off great unrest among the people"

(... is a kind of provoke ) try to stir up public opinion

Definition 2: evoke or provoke to appear or occur - [verb of creation]

Samples where provoke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple

Synonyms for provoke in the sense of this definition

(provoke is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(... is a kind of provoke ) provoke

"pick a fight or a quarrel"

(provoke has a similar meaning as ...) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

"raise the specter of unemployment" "he conjured wild birds in the air" "call down the spirits from the mountain"

Definition 3: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) - [verb of emotion]

Samples where provoke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • arouse pity
  • raise a smile
  • evoke sympathy

Synonyms for provoke in the sense of this definition

(provoke is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of provoke ) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

(... is a kind of provoke ) hurt the feelings of

"She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests" "This remark really bruised my ego"

(... is a kind of provoke ) cause to be ashamed

(... is a kind of provoke ) cause to lose one's composure

(... is a kind of provoke ) make angry

"The news angered him"

(... is a kind of provoke ) arouse or elicit a feeling

(... is a kind of provoke ) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

"These stories shook the community" "the civil war shook the country"

(... is a kind of provoke ) arouse or excite feelings and passions

"The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor" "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world" "Wake old feelings of hatred"

(... is a kind of provoke ) to cause a sharp emotional pain

"The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"

(... is a kind of provoke ) arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way

"His new car has infatuated him" "love has infatuated her"

(... is a kind of provoke ) arouse again

"rekindle hopes" "rekindle her love"

(... is a kind of provoke ) elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.

"The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans" "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"

(... is a kind of provoke ) increase the likelihood of

"ask for trouble" "invite criticism"

(... is a kind of provoke ) evoke a reaction, response, or emotion

"this writer strikes a chord with young women" "The storyteller touched a chord"

(... is a kind of provoke ) excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Definition 4: annoy continually or chronically - [verb of emotion]

Samples where provoke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked
  • This man harasses his female co-workers

Synonyms for provoke in the sense of this definition

(provoke is a kind of ...) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

"Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

(... is a kind of provoke ) annoy or provoke, as by constant criticism

"He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"

(... is a kind of provoke ) treat cruelly

"The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

(... is a kind of provoke ) harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions

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