1. [ verb ] provide the needed stimulus for
Synonyms: stimulate
Related terms: challenge entice agitate incite rejuvenate jog stimulation
2. [ verb ] call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses
Synonyms: arouse evoke elicit raise fire kindle enkindle

"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

Related terms: make excite overwhelm invite draw interest stimulate hurt upset anger inflame strike_a_chord infatuate rekindle shame prick arousal incitement
3. [ verb ] call forth
Synonyms: evoke kick_up call_forth

"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

Related terms: cause pick raise evocation
4. [ verb ] annoy continually or chronically
Synonyms: beset plague chivy harry chivvy hassle chevvy chevy molest harass

"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

Related terms: annoy nettle torment haze fuss aggravation plague harasser harassment
Similar spelling:   provoker