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Definition of stoke verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    stoke

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stəʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stoʊk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stoke
    BrE BrE//stəʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stoʊk//
     
    he / she / it stokes
    BrE BrE//stəʊks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stoʊks//
     
    past simple stoked
    BrE BrE//stəʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stoʊkt//
     
    past participle stoked
    BrE BrE//stəʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stoʊkt//
     
    -ing form stoking
    BrE BrE//ˈstəʊkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstoʊkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1stoke something (up) (with something) to add fuel to a fire, etc. to stoke up a fire with more coal to stoke a furnace
  2. 2stoke something (up) to make people feel something more strongly to stoke up envy The publicity was intended to stoke up interest in her music. His departure has stoked fears that the company is planning job cuts.
  3. 3stoke something (up) to make something increase or develop more quickly They were accused of stoking the crisis. The measures would stoke up inflation. These developments helped stoke the credit boom. Increased borrowing was stoking up a consumer boom.
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: back-formation from stoker. Phrasal Verbsstoke up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stoke