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Another word for provoke

  1. To cause to feel or show anger

  2. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations

  3. To stir to action or feeling

  4. To behave so as to bring on (danger, for example)

      1. To rouse desire in; be inviting to; attract
      2. To provoke or run the risk of provoking (fate, etc.)
      3. To be inviting or attractive to:
      1. To tend to bring on; provoke:
      2. To ask for the presence or participation of:
      3. To tend to bring on; give occasion for
      1. To attempt to gain; seek:
      2. To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
      3. To behave so as to invite or incur:

Another word for provoke

  1. To vex

  2. To incite

      1. To arouse to awareness or action; spur:
      2. To apply an electric current to
      3. To plate (metal) with zinc, originally by galvanic action
      1. To arouse or excite
      2. To beat (stir) (a liquid) quickly so to introduce air and form foam.
      3. To produce (something) quickly, especially food.
      1. To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
      2. To stir up (trouble); instigate; incite
      3. To arouse or incite (trouble, for example).
      1. To build or fuel (a fire).
      2. To become excited
      3. To give birth to young. Used especially of rabbits.
      1. To cause by inciting; foment
      2. To initiate or bring about, often by inciting:
      3. To urge on, spur on, or incite to some action, esp. to some evil
      1. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion:
      2. To arouse or produce (a thought or feeling)
      3. To cause someone to have (a feeling or reaction); elicit or arouse:
      1. To provide with an incentive or a reason for doing something; impel:
      2. To provide with, or affect as, a motive or motives; incite, impel, or encourage
      3. To cause to be enthusiastic:
      1. To urge or stir into action
      2. To jab or poke, as with a pointed object.
      3. To jab or poke with or as with a pointed stick; goad
      1. To assist with a reminder; remind.
      2. (Comput.) To request a response from (a user) with a prompt
      3. To remind (a person) of something he or she has forgotten; specif., to help (an actor, etc. who has forgotten a line) with a cue
      1. To draw forth or elicit (a particular mental image, reaction, etc.)
      2. To give rise to; draw forth; produce:
      3. To create anew, especially by means of the imagination:
      1. To strike or injure as with a spur
      2. To urge (a horse) on by the use of spurs.
      3. To incite or stimulate:
      1. To urge to action; stir up; rouse
      2. To provoke and urge on:
      1. To arouse resentment in, as by slighting; ruffle the pride of
      2. To arouse; provoke
      3. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
      1. To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
      2. To cause to be interested or engaged:
      3. To increase temporarily the activity of something such as a body organ or system.
      1. To arouse strong feeling in:
      2. (Physiol.) To produce or increase the response of (an organism, organ, tissue, etc.) to a proper stimulus
      3. To elicit or arouse (a reaction or emotion, for example):
      1. To stir, as to action or strong feeling
      2. To become aroused
      3. To give rise to (a feeling, for example); stir up:
      1. To give rise to; bring about:
      2. To cause (someone) to be active, attentive, or excited; stir up.
      3. To cause (game) to rise from cover, come out of a lair, etc.; stir up to flight or attack
      1. To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion:
      2. To provoke deliberately; incite. Often used with up :
      3. To mix together the ingredients of (a liquid, for example) before cooking or use by moving an implement:
  3. To cause

Synonym Study

  • Pique suggests stimulating as if by irritating mildly to pique one's curiosity
  • Stimulate implies arousing to increased activity as if by goading or pricking and often connotes bringing out of a state of inactivity or indifference to stimulate one's enthusiasm
  • Excite suggests a more powerful or profound stirring or moving of the thoughts or emotions it excites my imagination
  • Provoke , in this connection, implies rather generally an arousing to some action or feeling thought-provoking