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Dictionary definition for: Provoke

1. (v) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

2. (v) call forth; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

3. (v) provide the needed stimulus for

4. (v) annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

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