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  Definition of provoke
  1. provide the needed stimulus for
  2. call forth; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
  3. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
  4. annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
Similar Words: stimulate, evoke, call forth, kick up, arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise, harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest

 

Hyponyms: entice, lure, tempt, rejuvenate, jog, incite, instigate, set off, stir up, agitate, foment, pick, strike a chord, touch a chord, invite, ask for, draw, rekindle, infatuate, prick, inflame, wake, ignite, heat, fire up, stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir, anger, upset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfit, shame, hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite, overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake, interest, needle, goad, torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, haze

 

Grouped Verbs: raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forth

 

Derivational Morphology: stimulation, stimulus, stimulant, input, incitement, incitation, provocation, evocation, induction, elicitation, arousal, rousing, aggravation, irritation, instigator, provoker, inciter, instigant, firebrand, harassment, molestation, plague, harasser, harrier, fuss, trouble, bother, hassle

 

 
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