from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To incite to anger or resentment.
- transitive v. To stir to action or feeling.
- transitive v. To give rise to; evoke: provoke laughter.
- transitive v. To bring about deliberately; induce: provoke a fight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to cause someone to become annoyed or angry.
- v. to bring about a reaction.
- v. To appeal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To cause provocation or anger.
- intransitive v. To appeal. [A Latinism]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To call forth or out; challenge; summon.
- To stimulate to action; move; excite; arouse.
- To call forth; cause; occasion; instigate.
- To excite to anger or passion; exasperate; irritate; enrage.
- Synonyms and To stir up, rouse, awake, induce, incite, impel, kindle.
- Irritate, Incense, etc. (see exasperate), offend, anger, chafe, nettle, gall.
- To appeal.
- To produce anger or irritation. Compare provoking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. annoy continually or chronically
- v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
- v. provide the needed stimulus for
- v. evoke or provoke to appear or occur
Middle English provoken, from Old French provoquer, from Latin prōvocāre, to challenge : prō-, forth; see pro- + vocāre, to call.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French provoquer, from Latin prōvocāre. (Wiktionary)