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Provoke, 1) to call forth, to rouse, to cause: “swelling passion doth p. a pause,” Ven. 218. “dost thou drink tears, that thou --st such weeping?” Ven. 218 “my tale --s that question,” Tp. I, 2, 140. “thy best of rest is sleep, and that thou oft --st,” Meas. III, 1, 18. “rebuke me not for that which you p.” LLL V, 2, 347. “let my presumption not p. thy wrath,” H6A II, 3, 70. the palsy, and not fear, --s me (to quiver) H6B IV, 7, 98. “thy deed --s this deluge,” R3 I, 2, 61. “in this rage, --d by him, you cannot,” Cor. V, 6, 138. “our gentle flame --s itself,” Tim. I, 1, 24. “what three things does drink especially p.?” Mcb. II, 3, 30. Mcb. II, 3, 30 Mcb. II, 3, 30 “the need we have to use you did p. our hasty sending,” Hml. II, 2, 3. that (sleep) “to p. in him,” Lr. IV, 4, 13. “p. not battle,” Ant. III, 8, 3. “one sin another doth p.” Per. I, 1, 137.
2) to incite, to impel, to instigate; absol.: “no further enemy to you than the constraint of hospitable zeal . . . religiously --s,” John II, 246. “a --ing merit,” Lr. III, 5, 8 (cf. Merit). Transitively: “--d with raging ire,” Err. V, 216. “beauty --th thieves sooner than gold,” As I, 3, 112. “did you not p. me?” John IV, 2, 207. “like as rigour of tempestuous gusts --s the mightiest hulk against the tide,” H6A V, 5, 6. “thou wast --d by thy bloody mind,” R3 I, 2, 99. “'twas thy beauty that --d me,” R3 I, 2, 99 “not --d by any suitor,” I, 3, 64. “the king, --d by the queen, devised impeachments,” II, 2, 21. With to: “what this ecstasy may now p. them to,” Tp. III, 3, 109. even that power --s me to this perjury, Gent. II, C, Tp. III, 3, 109 Wiv. II, 3, 73. Meas. IV, 1, 15. LLL III, 78. R2 II, 2, 101. H6A IV, 1, 141. H6A IV, 1, 141. With an inf.: “so full of him, that thou --st thyself to cast him up,” H4B I, 3, 96. With hither and thither: “thither --d and instigated by his distemper,” Wiv. III, 5, 77. “p. us hither now to slaugther thee,” R3 I, 4, 231. With on: “the bloody spur cannot p. him on,” Sonn. 50, 9.
3) to rouse to anger, to incense: Ven. 1003. H6A III, 1, 34. IV, 1, 104. R3 I, 2, 97. H8 III, 2, 288. Troil. IV, 5, 99. Rom. V, 3, 70. Oth. I, 2, 7. II, 1, 280. Ant. IV, 15, 45. Cymb. I, 4, 72. V, 5, 293.
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