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provoke (one) to

1. To incite, stir, or induce one to take some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you to quit—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me to retaliate, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
2. To incite, stir, or induce one to some hostile or incensed emotional state or response. Her words at the funeral provoked me to anger. Do not provoke the lord of the manor to wrath.
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provoke (one) into (doing something)

To incite, stir, or induce one into taking some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you into quitting—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me into retaliating, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
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provoke someone into something

to incite someone into doing something. The soldiers sought to provoke the demonstrators into starting a riot. They provoked us into leaving.
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"Parental kissing after eating a food allergen can transfer enough to a child's skin to provoke a dermatologic reaction," she said.
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Accommodation to the contemporary practice environment inevitably provokes a profound challenge to professional values learned during training and reinforced during the retrospective reimbursement period in medicine.
THE front page leading article about the pounds 138 charge to change a light bulb ( Mail, January 12) provokes this comment from me.
Finally: A robot that provokes male frogs enough to start a brawl.
On another, the installation actively provokes fantasies of dodging the discontent in civilization: The idea of abandoning normal social preoccupations--staying sober, keeping clean, attending to other people-starts to exert an insidious, perverse fascination.
The effect of Borges's oft-cited Chinese encyclopedia--which ordered the animal kingdom according to seemingly far-fetched and fantastic categories--and the laughter it provokes in the reader, was appreciated by Foucault for its insight into the limitations of any worldview, even our own "enlightened" outlook, allegedly free of the problematic conceptualizations of the benighted past.
For 20 years, studies of rats and other nonhuman animals have suggested that sustained exposure to high concentrations of stress hormones provokes cell loss in the hippocampus, a brain structure integral to memory and spatial navigation.
This provokes the conceptual crisis of the story: identity becomes merely an act of will, as permeable as fabric.
Referring to the ignominious public molestation of a teenaged girl in Guwahati, Vijayvargiya said women should wear clothes that enable them to earn respect of others and does not provoke them.
Did the Civil Partnership Act help to provoke these attacks?