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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pro·voke /prəˈvok/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 pro·voke /prəˈvok/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pro·voke, v. i.
 1. To cause provocation or anger.
 2. To appeal.
 Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pro·voke v. t. [imp. & p. p. Provoked p. pr. & vb. n. Provoking.]  To call forth; to call into being or action; esp., to incense to action, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition; hence, commonly, to incite, as a person, to action by a challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to irritate; to offend intolerably; to cause to retaliate.
    Obey his voice, provoke him not.   --Ex. xxiii. 21.
    Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.   --Eph. vi. 4.
 Such acts
 Of contumacy will provoke the Highest
 To make death in us live.   --Milton.
    Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust?   --Gray.
    To the poet the meaning is what he pleases to make it, what it provokes in his own soul.   -- J. Burroughs.
 Syn: -- To irritate; arouse; stir up; awake; excite; incite; anger. See Irritate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse
           pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: arouse,
            elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise]
      2: call forth; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the
         couple" [syn: evoke, call forth, kick up]
      3: provide the needed stimulus for [syn: stimulate]
      4: annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his
         staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his
         female co-workers" [syn: harass, hassle, harry, chivy,
          chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest]