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Meaning of “poke” in the English Dictionary

"poke" in British English

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pokeverb

uk   /pəʊk/  us   /poʊk/
  • poke verb (PUSH)

[T] to ​push a ​finger or other ​pointedobjectquickly into someone or something: You'll poke someone in the ​eye with that ​umbrella if you're not ​careful! Two ​kids were poking a ​stick into the ​drain.
  • poke verb (APPEAR)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause something to) ​appear or ​stretch out from behind or through something ​else: Cathy poked her ​head round the ​door to say ​hello. The first ​greenshoots are poking up through the ​soil.
  • poke verb (ON INTERNET)

to ​greet someone on a socialnetworkingwebsite by ​leaving them a ​specialshortmessage
Phrasal verbs

pokenoun [C]

uk   /pəʊk/  us   /poʊk/
(Definition of poke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poke" in American English

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pokeverb

 us   /poʊk/
  • poke verb (PUSH)

[I/T] to ​push a ​finger or other ​object into someone or something, or to ​push something through or past someone or something: [T] Quit poking me to move ​ahead – there are ​people in ​front of me. [T] Josie poked her ​head around the ​corner to ​see what made the ​noise.
  • poke verb (INVOLVE)

[I always + adv/prep] to ​involve yourself or take ​part in (something) that is not ​yourresponsibility or does not ​involve you: He’s always poking into other people’s ​business.
poke
noun [C]  us   /poʊk/
He gave his ​brother a poke in the ​arm.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of poke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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