Synonyms for (verb) provoke

Synonyms: provoke, stimulate

Definition: provide the needed stimulus for

Similar words: challenge

Definition: issue a challenge to

Usage: Fischer challenged Spassky to a match


Synonyms: provoke, kick up, call forth, evoke

Definition: evoke or provoke to appear or occur

Usage: Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple

Similar words: cause, do, make

Definition: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

Usage: cause a commotion; make a stir; cause an accident


Synonyms: kindle, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, arouse, raise, provoke

Definition: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Usage: arouse pity; raise a smile; evoke sympathy

Similar words: make, create

Definition: make or cause to be or to become

Usage: make a mess in one's office; create a furor


Synonyms: plague, provoke, molest, harass, harry, hassle, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, beset

Definition: annoy continually or chronically

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

Similar words: devil, irritate, get at, get to, gravel, rag, rile, bother, chafe, annoy, nark, nettle, vex

Definition: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Usage: Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me; It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves