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provoke

verb [T]  /prəˈvoʊk/ us  

provoke verb [T] (ANGER)

to try to make a person or an animal angry or annoyed: He was trying to provoke me into a fight.

provoke verb [T] (CAUSE REACTION)

to cause a particular reaction or feeling: I’m trying to make people think, provoke their emotions. His death provoked huge demonstrations.
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