Dictionary Results for provoking


1. provoke - verb

· call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"

Synonym(s): arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise

Hypernym(s): make, create




2. provoke - verb

· evoke or provoke to appear or occur; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

Synonym(s): evoke, call_forth, kick_up

Hypernym(s): cause, do, make




3. provoke - verb

· provide the needed stimulus for

Synonym(s): stimulate

Hypernym(s): challenge




4. provoke - verb

· annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"

Synonym(s): harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest

Hypernym(s): annoy, rag, get_to, bother, get_at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil




5. provoking - adjective

· causing or tending to cause anger or resentment; "a provoking delay at the airport"

Synonym(s): agitative, agitating





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