arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke(verb)
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
"arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
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provoke, evoke, call forth, kick up(verb)
evoke or provoke to appear or occur
"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
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provide the needed stimulus for
beset, kindle, excite, shake up, get, shake, chevvy, energize, perk up, harass, enkindle, hasten, stir, elicit, energise, chivy, make, fire, arouse, call forth, plague, cause, kick up, induce, raise, stimulate, have, harry, chivvy, brace, evoke, molest, chevy, rush, hassle
harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke(verb)
annoy continually or chronically
"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
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English Synonyms and Antonyms
One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.
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exasperate, incense, enrage, chafe, anger, irritate, exacerbate, nettle, offend, affront, infuriate, give offence or umbrage to, put out, put out of humor, work into a passion, lash into fury, raise one's ire, raise one's dander, make one's blood boil, drive one mad
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How to use provoke in a sentence?
You don’t provoke each other, but you keep a close eye and show your presence.
Our goal is to get enough people together and secure our rights... we are not trying to provoke, we want people to be able to worship.
Naturally, we're not calling them official fan zones, in order to not provoke a furor.
Certainly the political space and the space for freedoms was already very tight, and it's gotten much tighter over the last two years. So certainly the environment would provoke more Saudis to go abroad, but it's statistically insignificant.
I understand the The IOC argument that it does not want to turn the Games into a competition of political messages, some countries are very sensitive an even a minor message could provoke emotions.
Translations for provoke
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- استفز, يستفزArabic
- 憤慨, 怒らせる, 立腹Japanese
- māreherehe, makitohene, raparapaMāori
- provocar, irritarPortuguese
- рассердить, сердить, спровоцировать, провоцироватьRussian
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