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evoke

[ih-vohk] /ɪˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), evoked, evoking.
1.
to call up or produce (memories, feelings, etc.):
to evoke a memory.
2.
to elicit or draw forth:
His comment evoked protests from the shocked listeners.
3.
to call up; cause to appear; summon:
to evoke a spirit from the dead.
4.
to produce or suggest through artistry and imagination a vivid impression of reality:
a short passage that manages to evoke the smells, colors, sounds, and shapes of that metropolis.
Origin of evoke
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin ēvocāre, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vocāre to call (akin to vōx voice)
Related forms
evoker, noun
unevoked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for evoke
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  • And all of us have like wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • I am not only to suppress the evil, but to evoke the good elements in my nature.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • There was a child in Marcia, and she could evoke it when she pleased.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • You must evoke for that task those who have already gone there.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • We have found that, properly understood, there is nothing in it to evoke our pessimism.

British Dictionary definitions for evoke

evoke

/ɪˈvəʊk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to call or summon up (a memory, feeling, etc), esp from the past
2.
to call forth or provoke; produce; elicit: his words evoked an angry reply
3.
to cause (spirits) to appear; conjure up
Derived Forms
evocable (ˈɛvəkəbəl) adjective
evoker, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for evoke
v.

1620s, from French évoquer or directly from Latin evocare "call out, rouse, summon" (see evocation). Often more or less with a sense of "calling spirits," or being called by them. Related: Evoked; evokes; evoking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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