Verb provoke has 4 senses
  1. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
    --1 is one way to make, create
    Derived form: noun provocation2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. provoke, evoke, call forth, kick up - call forth; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
    --2 is one way to cause, do, make
    Derived form: noun provocation2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. provoke, stimulate - provide the needed stimulus for
    --3 is one way to challenge
    Derived forms: noun provocation2, noun provocation3
    Sample sentence:
    They provoke him to write the letter
  4. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
    --4 is one way to annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil
    Derived forms: noun provocation1, noun provoker1
    Sample sentence:
    The performance is likely to provoke Sue