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)
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