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provoke

Pronunciation: /prəˈvəʊk/

Translation of provoke in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [person/animal] provocar* she is easily provoked salta a la menor provocación or por cualquier cosato provoke sb into -ing they 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 sb to action/retaliation incitar or empujar a algn 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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