Pronunciation: (pru-vōk'),[key] —v.t.,-voked, -vok•ing. 1. to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
2. to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh. 3. to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
4. to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident? 5. Obs.to summon.