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James Ellroy

Meaning of "provoke" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PROVOKE

From Latin prōvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PROVOKE

provoke  [prəˈvəʊk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PROVOKE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Provoke is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb provoke in English.

WHAT DOES PROVOKE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Provocation

Provocation and provoke may refer to: ▪ Provocation, a type of legal defense in court which claims the "victim" provoked the accused's actions ▪ Agent provocateur, a group that tries to goad a desired response from the group or otherwise disrupt its activity ▪ Provocation test, a way of medical testing for conditions such as an allergy by provoking the immune system's response ▪ Provoke, a 1998 album by Altar and their final release on Displeased Records ▪ Provoked, a 2007 British film starring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews ▪ Provoked, a 2008 album by Henry Rollins ▪ Provoked, a hardcore punk band from Minnesota, US formed in early 2000s. ▪ Provoked, a Hip Hop Artist/Radio Host/TV Host/Community Activist from Coachella Valley, California since 2006. ▪ Provoke a Thoroughbred recehorse...

Definition of provoke in the English dictionary

The first definition of provoke in the dictionary is to anger or infuriate. Other definition of provoke is to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate. Provoke is also to promote in a person.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO PROVOKE

PRESENT

Present
I provoke
you provoke
he/she/it provokes
we provoke
you provoke
they provoke
Present continuous
I am provoking
you are provoking
he/she/it is provoking
we are provoking
you are provoking
they are provoking
Present perfect
I have provoked
you have provoked
he/she/it has provoked
we have provoked
you have provoked
they have provoked
Present perfect continuous
I have been provoking
you have been provoking
he/she/it has been provoking
we have been provoking
you have been provoking
they have been provoking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I provoked
you provoked
he/she/it provoked
we provoked
you provoked
they provoked
Past continuous
I was provoking
you were provoking
he/she/it was provoking
we were provoking
you were provoking
they were provoking
Past perfect
I had provoked
you had provoked
he/she/it had provoked
we had provoked
you had provoked
they had provoked
Past perfect continuous
I had been provoking
you had been provoking
he/she/it had been provoking
we had been provoking
you had been provoking
they had been provoking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will provoke
you will provoke
he/she/it will provoke
we will provoke
you will provoke
they will provoke
Future continuous
I will be provoking
you will be provoking
he/she/it will be provoking
we will be provoking
you will be provoking
they will be provoking
Future perfect
I will have provoked
you will have provoked
he/she/it will have provoked
we will have provoked
you will have provoked
they will have provoked
Future perfect continuous
I will have been provoking
you will have been provoking
he/she/it will have been provoking
we will have been provoking
you will have been provoking
they will have been provoking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would provoke
you would provoke
he/she/it would provoke
we would provoke
you would provoke
they would provoke
Conditional continuous
I would be provoking
you would be provoking
he/she/it would be provoking
we would be provoking
you would be provoking
they would be provoking
Conditional perfect
I would have provoke
you would have provoke
he/she/it would have provoke
we would have provoke
you would have provoke
they would have provoke
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been provoking
you would have been provoking
he/she/it would have been provoking
we would have been provoking
you would have been provoking
they would have been provoking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you provoke
we let´s provoke
you provoke
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to provoke
Past participle
provoked
Present Participle
provoking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PROVOKE


broke
brəʊk
coke
kəʊk
convoke
kənˈvəʊk
equivoke
ˈekwɪˌvəʊk
equivoque
ˈɛkwɪˌvəʊk
evoke
ɪˈvəʊk
folk
fəʊk
hon.
həʊk
invoke
ɪnˈvəʊk
joke
dʒəʊk
oak
əʊk
reevoke
ˌriːɪˈvəʊk
reinvoke
ˌriːɪnˈvəʊk
revoke
rɪˈvəʊk
smoke
sməʊk
soak
səʊk
Soc.
səʊk
spoke
spəʊk
stroke
strəʊk
unprovoke
ˌʌnprəˈvəʊk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PROVOKE

provocable
provocant
provocateur
provocation
provocative
provocatively
provocativeness
provocator
provocatory
provokable
provokement
provoker
provoking
provokingly
provolone
provost
provost court
provost guard
provost marshal
provostry

WORDS THAT END LIKE PROVOKE

a pig in a poke
a stroke
bespoke
bloke
Brooke
choke
Cooke
go up in smoke
hoke
karaoke
no joke
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Pembroke
poke
Sherbrooke
stoke
the Big Smoke
the Smoke
woke
yoke

Synonyms and antonyms of provoke in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PROVOKE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «provoke» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of provoke

Translation of «provoke» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PROVOKE

Find out the translation of provoke to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of provoke from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «provoke» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

对…挑衅
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

provocar
570 millions of speakers

English

provoke
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भड़काने
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إثارة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

спровоцировать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

provocar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঘটান
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

provoquer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Memprovokasi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

provozieren
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

挑発する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

성나게 하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nyerang
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

kích động
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தூண்ட
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उत्तेजित
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kışkırtmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

provocare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

prowokować
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

спровокувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

provoca
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προκαλούν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lok
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

provocera
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

provosere
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of provoke

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PROVOKE»

The term «provoke» is quite widely used and occupies the 28.905 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PROVOKE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «provoke» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «provoke» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about provoke

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10 QUOTES WITH «PROVOKE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word provoke.
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Avicii
If I wanted to make a quick buck, there's far easier ways of doing it. What I want is to provoke people. If you want a hit song, all you need to do is rewrite an old song. It might have been proven to work, but you won't be remembered the same way.
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Charles Babbage
On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
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Willow Bay
New forms of media - first movies, then television, talk radio and now the Internet - tend to challenge traditional codes of conduct. They flout convention, shake up the status quo and sometimes provoke outrage.
4
Peter Benchley
We provoke a shark every time we enter the water where sharks happen to be, for we forget: The ocean is not our territory - it's theirs.
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Tim Crouch
Anything one can do to provoke and inspire an interest in the works of Shakespeare in a young audience is fair game. Anything.
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Mary Douglas
What did our nation ever do to provoke these madly vicious enemies? What is seen as injustice in one place is seen as just requital in the other.
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James Ellroy
I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
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Michael Fassbender
Why not provoke some thought and get people talking about things? I like characters that are flawed because we all are. When people break up in a script, you think, Oh, right, there must be tears shed here. But maybe the fact of the matter is that they're both laughing.
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Ernst Fischer
To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.
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Lisa Gansky
RelayRides and WhipCar, AirBnB, Roomorama and One Fine Stay are all stellar examples of how new, access-based offers entice and provoke insurance companies and banks to re-think risk, value, customers and deal terms.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PROVOKE»

Discover the use of provoke in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to provoke and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Provoke: Why the Culture of Disruption Is the Only Hope for ...
In Provoke, Linda asserts that only by creating a deliberate collaborative, global Culture of Disruption, in which all the players support unconventional thinking and the work of passionate innovators, can we lay the groundwork for our ...
Linda Bernardi, 2011
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Moral Victories: How Activists Provoke Multilateral Action
As a result, human rights have gained increasing importance in the arena of world politics.While researching this book in Guatemala and El Salvador, Burgerman interviewed government officials, negotiators, analysts, and human rights workers ...
Susan Burgerman, 2001
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Poems that Provoke Thought
These poems cover many areas of daily questions, activities, and traditions.
Lenvel E. Hale, 2009
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Provoke Me
Deejay Valerie Percy rejects the phony life she's led in L.A. and travels to remote Takinsha Island, Alaska, determined to start over.
Cari Quinn, 2011
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Ways to Provoke Divine Vengeance:
Chapter One Ways To Provoke Divine VENGEANCE You can provoke divine vengeance. You can plead with God COVERIMAGE TITLE PAGE COPYRIGHT & PERMISSIONS CHAPTER 1: WAYS TO PROVOKE DIVINE VENGEANCE.
Dr. D. K. Olukoya, 2014
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Question Your World: Creative Questions to Provoke Thought ...
This book will challenge the thinking of today's youth requiring them to use their mind power and creator given intellect to decipher the world around them.
Takiya K. Akbar, 2005
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Using Literature to Provoke Student Response and Discussion ...
With current discussion of vertical teaming in order to improve AP Language scores, it is even more important now for teachers to learn to use literature in the second language classroom, at all levels, to encourage students to express ...
Linda Feiza, 2008
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Thinkers: A Collection of Activities to Provoke Mathematical ...
"Thinkers is a collection of activities to provoke matheatical thinking. ... The book contains sixteen different contexts for exemplifying the general and generalisong the partiucular which are processes at the heart of 'doing mathematics'.
Chris Bills, Association of Teachers of Mathematics, 2004
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Life-Study of Exodus: Messages 64-83
Not Provoking Him Exodus 23:21 says, “Take ye heed before him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions” (lit.). Here we have four details concerning our relationship to Christ as the Angel of Jehovah.
Witness Lee, 1998
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English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With ...
AWARE. Ill TO AWAKEN, EXCITE, PROVOKE, ROUSE, STIR UP. To AWAKEN is to make awake or alive. EXCITE, in Latin excito, compounded of the intensive syllables ex and rit", in Hebrew sut to move, signifies to move out of a state of rest.
George Crabb, 1846

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PROVOKE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term provoke is used in the context of the following news items.
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Don't Provoke, Evoke
Schwartz believed that advertising should evoke, not provoke -- meaning that it ought to stimulate emotions rather than simply assert messages. As he wrote in ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
2
Latest from Iran
The United States is increasing its military operations in the Asia-Pacific region to contain China's economic rise and provoke a war to bolster the “Pentagon war ... «Press TV, May 15»
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Will the Baltimore and Ferguson riots provoke a backlash?
Until now, I have assumed that there are two possible mid-term outcomes to our current moment of urban unrest. Either - and this is the optimistic option - we ... «Newsday, May 15»
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'When You Provoke People...': Matthews, Guest Tackle 'Causality' of …
He said, “When you provoke people and incite people, that doesn't make violent actions right, but don't be surprised that it happens.” He even told Matthews this ... «Mediaite, May 15»
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India Will Neither Provoke nor Back Off if Attacked, Says Rajnath Singh
NEW DELHI: Amid repeated incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, India on Thursday made it clear that it will never provoke a conflict at the border with ... «The New Indian Express, Apr 15»
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Krauthammer: Hillary Stance On Trade Deal Could 'Provoke' Warren …
Appearing on the “Special Report” panel Wednesday, columnist Charles Krauthammer said Elizabeth Warren could be pushed into the 2016 presidential race if ... «Daily Caller, Apr 15»
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Official: Zeman wants to provoke by his statements
Prague, April 17 (ČTK) — Czech President Miloš Zeman wants to provoke by his controversial statements from the diplomatic viewpoint, but they are not part of ... «Prague Post, Apr 15»
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Man tries to provoke officers to a drag race, gets arrested
AMARILLO, TEXAS -- An Amarillo man was booked on two charges after pulling up next to officers at a stop light and trying to provoke them into a drag race. «ConnectAmarillo.com powered by KVII, Apr 15»
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Mourinho admits he uses conflict to provoke star players
Jose Mourinho has delivered a fresh insight into his revered managerial methods by revealing how he used "confrontational" leadership in an attempt to provoke ... «Irish Independent, Mar 15»
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'Don't provoke' graffiti vandals
But Downey, who has been arrested himself for “graffiti vandalism,” warned the video of the altercation, which was posted online, could provoke taggers to react ... «Toronto Sun, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Provoke [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/provoke>. Aug 2019 ».
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