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.

Origin of evoke

1615–25; < Latin ēvocāre, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vocāre to call (akin to vōx voice)
Related formse·vok·er, nounun·e·voked, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of evoke

Historical Examples of evoke

  • 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.


    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


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 Formsevocable (ˈɛvəkəbəl), adjectiveevoker, noun

Word Origin for evoke

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


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Word Origin and History for evoke

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.

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