invoke

[ in-vohk ]
/ ɪnˈvoʊk /

verb (used with object), in·voked, in·vok·ing.

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Origin of invoke

1480–90; <Latin invocāre, equivalent to in-in-2 + vocāre to call, akin to vōxvoice

OTHER WORDS FROM invoke

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British Dictionary definitions for invoke

invoke
/ (ɪnˈvəʊk) /

verb (tr)

to call upon (an agent, esp God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc
to put (a law, penalty, etc) into usethe union invoked the dispute procedure
to appeal to (an outside agent or authority) for confirmation, corroboration, etc
to implore or beg (help, etc)
to summon (a spirit, demon, etc); conjure up

Derived forms of invoke

invocable, adjectiveinvoker, noun

Word Origin for invoke

C15: from Latin invocāre to call upon, appeal to, from vocāre to call

usage for invoke

Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction
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