- to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God's mercy.
- to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication.
- to declare to be binding or in effect: to invoke the law; to invoke a veto.
- to appeal to, as for confirmation.
- to petition or call on for help or aid.
- to call forth or upon (a spirit) by incantation.
- to cause, call forth, or bring about.
Origin of invoke
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Examples from the Web for invoked
Most often, the doctrine is invoked by minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
That idea is often invoked in regards to the tricks memory plays, but I wonder how it might come into play in other ways.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
More clumsily, fireworks stand in for the Big Bang and a potato and peas are invoked to explain relativity.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
The juror is said to have invoked common sense in the face of the statutes as codified by the State of Illinois.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
At one point Imagine Dragons and Lorde were invoked as examples of “a pretty good year for rock,” with a straight face.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments
August 25, 2014
He invoked the spirit of his mother; he brought together an assembly of elves and goblins.Imogen
He invoked the aid even of those Ainos who dwelt in the land of the Japanese.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
And he invoked the whole Pantheon to witness his self-denunciation.Scaramouche
I was clutched by the icy hand of the awful phantom he had invoked.
The Western spirit must be invoked for new and nobler achievements.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
- to call upon (an agent, esp God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc
- to put (a law, penalty, etc) into usethe union invoked the dispute procedure
- to appeal to (an outside agent or authority) for confirmation, corroboration, etc
- to implore or beg (help, etc)
- to summon (a spirit, demon, etc); conjure up
C15: from Latin invocāre to call upon, appeal to, from vocāre to call
Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction
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Word Origin and History for invoked
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