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provoke

verb [T] (CAUSE REACTION)    /prəˈvəʊk/ US  /-ˈvoʊk/
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.Causing things to happen
(Definition of provoke verb (CAUSE REACTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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