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provoke

verb [T] uk   /prəˈvəʊk/ us    /-ˈvoʊk/

provoke verb [T] (CAUSE REACTION)

C2 to cause a reaction, especially a negative one: The prospect of increased prices has already provoked an outcry. Test results provoked worries that the reactor could overheat.

provoke verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)

C2 to make or try to make a person or an animal angry: It was a vicious-looking dog and I didn't want to provoke it. He was clearly trying to get at me but I refused to be provoked. I was provoked into the argument.
(Definition of provoke from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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