- to call up or produce (memories, feelings, etc.): to evoke a memory.
- to elicit or draw forth: His comment evoked protests from the shocked listeners.
- to call up; cause to appear; summon: to evoke a spirit from the dead.
- 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
Examples from the Web for evoking
Scott, who died Sunday at 49, could go from evoking a Baptist preacher to quoting Public Enemy.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
She toddled off to the playground, still jabbering to herself, evoking giggles from the Hawa staff.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
It’s written in a ‘50s script, like the title card to I Love Lucy, evoking Old Hollywood.
Tarnoff is at his best in evoking the atmosphere of the city that shaped them all.How Mark Twain Became Mark Twain by Going to California
March 20, 2014
And Jagger is even better than Dylan at evoking the darker emotions: fear, confusion, paranoia, lust.Is Mick Jagger Too Old to Rock?
July 26, 2013
And the Emperor Nicholas was conscious of evoking this rapture and deliberately aroused it.Father Sergius
The Emperor's manifesto was read, evoking enthusiasm, and then all moved about discussing it.War and Peace
I felt that I was not evoking much sympathy for my messmate, and I changed my attack.Sail Ho!
George Manville Fenn
While we sat, evoking the ghosts of the past, our hearts were drawn together.The Confession of a Fool
Plagiarism was seemingly proved by evoking the aid of the deadly parallel.The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
- to call or summon up (a memory, feeling, etc), esp from the past
- to call forth or provoke; produce; elicithis words evoked an angry reply
- to cause (spirits) to appear; conjure up
Word Origin and History for evoking
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.