Definition of provoke in English:

provoke

Syllabification: pro·voke
Pronunciation: /prəˈvōk
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

provokable

adjective
More example sentences
  • We evaluated the sensitivity and safety of rapid atrial pacing combined with electrocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography for inducing and detecting provokable demand ischemia in 20 anesthetized patients with multivessel coronary artery disease.
  • This led to the development of the "provokable nice guy" strategy, a peace-maker until attacked.

provoker

noun
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  • The anxiety provokers - media, politicians, and arm chair generals - increase our level of fear, often for self-serving reasons.
  • As the family enacts various events or uses role play, the therapist may ask questions, direct interactions, or make comments, acting as a reporter, involved audience provoker, or director.
  • To a significant degree, the victim was an initiator, willing participant, aggressor, or provoker of the incident.

Origin

late Middle English (also in the sense 'invoke, summon'): from Old French provoquer, from Latin provocare 'challenge', from pro- 'forth' + vocare 'to call'.

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