provoke : Definition, Usages, News and More
- v call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
- v evoke or provoke to appear or occur
Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple
- v provide the needed stimulus for
- v annoy continually or chronically
- Such sudden and vertiginous popularity was bound to provoke a backlash, and in Indonesia it came not from teens who discovered a newer, hotter idol but from Muslim clerics .
- If indeed a confrontation is in the cards, I don't see that the Administration has a choice other than to provoke an incident force the Iranians to fire back in the clear light .
- In 2003 it featured a conspiracy to provoke a Middle East invasion using bogus WMD evidence.
News & Articles
- Accommodations tax law needs clarification
A state Supreme Court ruling in May shows that in the nearly 30 years since the accommodations tax law was passed, its provisions are still vague enough to provoke frequent fights over use of the funds.
June 16, 2013 - Bluffton Today
- Immigration bill boost in Utah County
From the bowels of hard-right Utah County, where the tea party thrives, anti-federal government resolutions are born and immigration reform ideas provoke hostile talk of rebellion, a state senator has taken a leading role in the fostering of bipartisan negotiations to pass an immigration bill that contains a path to citizenship.
June 15, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune
- 30 years later, accommodations tax use still contentious
A state Supreme Court ruling May 8 shows that in the nearly 30 years since the accommodations tax law was passed, its provisions are still vague enough to provoke frequent fights over use of the funds. read more
June 14, 2013 - Gaffney Ledger
- Vince Young in The Associated Press
Just made a mistake, made a mistake even being there and let that guy provoke me into doing what I did,Young told reporters after a Titans offseason practice. "Fell into his hands, what he wanted me to do so he could do what he's doing...
- John McCain in Washington Post
However, McCain said: "To concede defeat _ as many leading Democrats now advocate _ would strengthen al-Qaida, empower Iran and other hostile powers in the Middle East, unleash a full-scale civil war in Iraq that could quite possibly provoke...
- Bastian Schweinsteiger in Vancouver Sun
The Argentinians provoke, and are always whining to the referee to try and change his opinion,said the midfielder, one of the veterans of the 2006 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina that degenerated into a brawl after the final whistle.