provokeverb [T]uk /prəˈvəʊk/ us /prəˈvoʊk/
provoke verb [T] (CAUSE REACTION)
- Her manifest lack of interest in the project has provoked severe criticism.
- The release from prison of two of the terrorists has provoked a public outcry.
- These murders have provoked outrage across the country.
- We have no intention of launching a pre-emptive strike, but we will retaliate if provoked.
- The prime minister's speech provoked an angry response from the shadow cabinet.
provoke verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)