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provoke verb

ADV. deliberately | inevitably The suggestion inevitably provoked outrage from student leaders. | immediately | eventually, finally

VERB + PROVOKE try to | be likely to The report is likely to provoke discussion of this issue. | be designed to, be intended to

PREP. into She had been trying to provoke her sister into an argument. | to Their laughter provoked him to anger.

PHRASES be easily provoked He was sensitive and easily provoked.