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.
- e·vok·er, noun
- un·e·voked, adjective
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How to use evoke in a sentence
District 11, refreshing with cucumber and yuzu juice, is meant to evoke trips she took to the market in Saigon.At Moon Rabbit, chef Kevin Tien lures fans to the Wharf | Tom Sietsema | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
These found elements are overlapped to evoke dream states and the subconscious mind.In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA | Mark Jenkins | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Displayed in the Grand Salon, the work evokes enthusiastic, rippling waves or bright storm clouds pressed forward by strong winds.You have until Nov. 22 to visit these six Smithsonian museums. Here’s what to expect. | Kelsey Ables | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The newest one, Spiced Cherry, is meant to evoke the same flavor profile and feeling as a classic Manhattan cocktail.The boutique aperitif brand finding favor with millennials making more cocktails at home | Rachel King | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
That way, the heaving staccato pulses of “Theatre of Nature” begin to evoke the rah-rah of a celestial baseball game.Maybe go stare at a tree and listen to Anna von Hausswolff play the pipe organ | Chris Richards | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Scott, who died Sunday at 49, could go from evoking a Baptist preacher to quoting Public Enemy.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott | Stereo Williams | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She toddled off to the playground, still jabbering to herself, evoking giggles from the Hawa staff.
It’s written in a ‘50s script, like the title card to I Love Lucy, evoking Old Hollywood.Hollywood Turns Against the Famed Beverly Hills Hotel Over the Sultan of Brunei’s Anti-Gay Stance | Marlow Stern | May 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tarnoff is at his best in evoking the atmosphere of the city that shaped them all.How Mark Twain Became Mark Twain by Going to California | Wendy Smith | March 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And Jagger is even better than Dylan at evoking the darker emotions: fear, confusion, paranoia, lust.
Bits of drawing caught his attention, a free, felicitous line here and there evoking an approving grunt.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
But suddenly the string from whichxxv he has been evoking these broad harmonies snaps with a snarl.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
He enjoyed humor, and though he had a happy way of evoking it from others, possessed or exhibited very little himself.Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland
The stress laid on dreams appears to imply a practice of evoking spirits, whether of the deceased or of the living.Current Superstitions | Various
Within the city the emissaries of the Count of Paris were no more successful in evoking the martial ardor of the people.The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for evoke
to call or summon up (a memory, feeling, etc), esp from the past
to call forth or provoke; produce; elicit: his words evoked an angry reply
to cause (spirits) to appear; conjure up
- evocable (ˈɛvəkəbəl), adjective
- evoker, noun
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