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English definition of “provoke”

provoke

verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)    /prəˈvəʊk/ US  /-ˈvoʊk/
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.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
(Definition of provoke verb (MAKE ANGRY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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