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[ ih-vohk ]

verb (used with object)

, e·voked, e·vok·ing.
  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.


/ ˈɛvəkəbəl; ɪˈvəʊk /


  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
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • evocable, adjective
  • eˈvoker, noun
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Other Words From

  • e·voker noun
  • une·voked adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of evoke1

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin ēvocāre, from ē- e- 1 + vocāre “to call” (akin to vōx voice )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of evoke1

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

More common, though, are pictures whose multilevel patterns sprawl every which way, evoking anything from starry skies and microscopic cells to the tapestries woven by her ancestors.

In normal times, the 40-year-old living in his parents’ small Virginia home evoked plenty of suspicion.

Despite being over one hundred years apart, one riot to overturn an election evoked the other.

On a gray afternoon last November, I sat down to a meal that evoked Istanbul cafes where just the year before I had feasted at the edge of the sun-streaked Bosporus.

A consensus has emerged in Maryland and beyond that it’s unacceptable for government entities to keep monuments to Confederate figures on display, as, to many Americans, they evoke forms of unthinkable injustice.

At Michigan, he would be a formidable recruiter, able to evoke the tradition of his former iconic coach, Bo Schembechler.

Meanwhile younger, lighter colors evoke citrus and tree fruits, candy sugars and vanilla toffee.

Thankfully, the piece did not try to evoke the Internet through tired dance gestures or pseudo-digital music.

Her novels typically evoke this pinched sense of an era—raw individuals in raw times.

Her skin radiates deep golden-brown and her light olive eyes evoke the iconic 1985 National Geographic cover of an Afghan girl.

It simply finds relation already existing between the words or the ideas which the words suggest or evoke.

The soul, instinctively appreciative of beauty, will under the most adverse circumstances, evoke congenial visions.

He knew that his death would evoke a new spirit of inquiry, which would spread over the civilized world.

In such, or fitter words, does Camille evoke the Elemental Powers, in this great moment.

The mere sight of a loaf of bread anywhere was enough to evoke guffaws.


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