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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Historical Examples of evoking

  • And the Emperor Nicholas was conscious of evoking this rapture and deliberately aroused it.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • The Emperor's manifesto was read, evoking enthusiasm, and then all moved about discussing it.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • I felt that I was not evoking much sympathy for my messmate, and I changed my attack.

    Sail Ho!

    George Manville Fenn

  • While we sat, evoking the ghosts of the past, our hearts were drawn together.

    The Confession of a Fool

    August Strindberg

  • Plagiarism was seemingly proved by evoking the aid of the deadly parallel.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for evoking


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 evoking



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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