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evoke

[ ih-vohk ]
/ ɪˈvoʊk /
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verb (used with object), e·voked, e·vok·ing.

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.

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Origin of evoke

1615–25; <Latin ēvocāre, equivalent to ē-e-1 + vocāre to call (akin to vōxvoice)

OTHER WORDS FROM evoke

e·vok·er, nounun·e·voked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for evoke

evoke
/ (ɪˈvəʊk) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of evoke

evocable (ˈɛvəkəbəl), adjectiveevoker, noun

Word Origin for evoke

C17: from Latin ēvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call

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