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provoke
American English: /prəˈvoʊk/
British English: /prəˈvəʊk/

Translation of provoke in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    (person/animal)
    provocar
    she is easily provoked
    salta a la menor provocación or por cualquier cosa
    to provoke somebody into -ingthey provoked him into losing his temper
    le hicieron perder los estribos
    lo provocaron y perdió los estribos
    I was provoked into hitting him
    tanto me provocó, que le pegué
    to provoke somebody to action/retaliation
    incitar or empujar a alguien a actuar/vengarse
    Example sentences
    • The warning about conduct was meant to stop people deliberately provoking him.
    • He could see tears in her eyes, and it made him angry that Jeff was provoking her.
    • Nathan was looking at her with a wild expression, the kind he got whenever she had deliberately provoked him.
  • 2
    (argument/revolt/criticism)
    provocar
    (discussion/debate)
    motivar
    (interest/curiosity)
    despertar
    to provoke thought
    dar que pensar
    hacer pensar or reflexionar
    his best jokes could not provoke a smile from her
    ni con el mejor de sus chistes logró arrancarle una sonrisa
    Example sentences
    • Deconstructionism is one of the words that provokes a strong reaction from both sides.
    • The Sri Lankan army, which has inflicted widespread damage and constantly harasses local residents, recently killed several local youth, provoking angry protests.
    • In fact the commission's analysis of the state of British convergence with the eurozone was very mild, extremely careful and deliberately designed to avoid provoking a bust-up.
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