1 stir (up), stimulate, move, motivate, push, impel, drive, get, spur (on), egg on, goad, force, compel, prompt, rouse, arouse, waken, awaken, enliven, animate, activate, induce, encourage:
She did her best to provoke him to start his new novel.
2 start, incite, instigate, produce, promote, foment, kindle, work up:
Are you trying to provoke an argument?
3 irritate, annoy, irk, pester, vex, pique, anger, enrage, madden, incense, infuriate, gall, rile, nettle, harass, hector, plague, badger, exasperate, get on one's nerves, try one's patience, frustrate, upset, disturb, perturb, distress, outrage, offend, insult, affront:
If he continues to provoke me I shall punch him.
deliberately | inevitably
The suggestion inevitably provoked outrage from student leaders.
| immediately | eventually, finally
VERB + PROVOKE
try to | be likely to
The report is likely to provoke discussion of this issue.
| be designed to, be intended to
She had been trying to provoke her sister into an argument.
Their laughter provoked him to anger.
be easily provoked
He was sensitive and easily provoked.
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