Translation of provocar in English:


verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (causar, ocasionar) to cause un cigarrillo pudo provocar la explosión the explosion may have been caused by a cigarette una decisión que ha provocado violentas polémicas a decision which has sparked off o/or prompted violent controversy no se sabe qué provocó el incendio it is not known what started the fire 1.2 [Medicina/Medicine] provocar el parto to induce labor las pastillas le provocaron una reacción cutánea the pills caused o/or brought on a skin reaction el antígeno provoca la formación de anticuerpos the antigen stimulates the production of antibodies

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • (Andes) (apetecer) ¿le provoca un traguito? do you want a drink?, do you fancy a drink? (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial]

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (provocarse)

  • (reflexivo/reflexive) se disparó un tiro provocándose la muerte he shot (and killed) himself

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