provoke Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"provoke" in British English

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provokeverb [T]

uk   /prəˈvəʊk/  us   /-ˈvoʊk/

provoke verb [T] (CAUSE REACTION)

C2 to ​cause a ​reaction, ​especially a ​negative one: The ​prospect of ​increasedprices has already provoked an ​outcry. Test ​results provoked ​worries that the ​reactor could ​overheat.
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provoke verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)

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

"provoke" in American English

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provokeverb [T]

 us   /prəˈvoʊk/

provoke verb [T] (ANGER)

to ​try to make a ​person or an ​animalangry or ​annoyed: He was ​trying to provoke me into a ​fight.

provoke verb [T] (CAUSE REACTION)

to ​cause a ​particularreaction or ​feeling: I’m ​trying to make ​peoplethink, provoke ​theiremotions. His ​death provoked ​hugedemonstrations.
(Definition of provoke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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