provoke-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: call forth, evoke, incite

Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple.
Is this a conscious bid to provoke a general war in the Middle East?
It's time to provoke a change in the way we share knowledge.

VerbNet: engender-27
FrameNet: Cause_to_start
PropBank: provoke.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: hassle, push to anger

Are you trying to provoke me?
Kochevar provoked him with his sneers.
The defendant's father had provoked him by hitting him with a metal bar.

VerbNet: amuse-31.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4