- 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
Related Wordsinvoke, recall, elicit, arouse, provoke, conjure, extort, evolve, awaken, waken, raise, milk, excite, summon, evince, call, rally, rouse, extract, educe
Examples from the Web for evoke
At Michigan, he would be a formidable recruiter, able to evoke the tradition of his former iconic coach, Bo Schembechler.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is
December 20, 2014
Thankfully, the piece did not try to evoke the Internet through tired dance gestures or pseudo-digital music.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
But in another letter we hear the director who knows how to evoke that torment from his actor and put it on screen.Elia Kazan Was a Brilliant, Needy Pen Pal
April 30, 2014
Novels tend to evoke war with a dark palette, in “black thoughts and brown funks.”American Dreams, 1983: Meditations in Green by Stephen Wright
September 30, 2013
This was done not too far after we had all the anthrax letters going around, so it does evoke that in an office environment.NCIS’s 11th Anniversary: Michael Weatherly’s Top 10 Moments
September 23, 2013
And all of us have like wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.A Tale of Two Cities
I am not only to suppress the evil, but to evoke the good elements in my nature.Self-Help
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
We have found that, properly understood, there is nothing in it to evoke our pessimism.The Task of Social Hygiene
- 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 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.