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invoke

[ in-vohk ]
/ ɪnˈvoʊk /
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verb (used with object), in·voked, in·vok·ing.

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RELATED WORDS

conjure, apply, enforce, beseech, pray, request, beg, importune, summon, entreat, implore, crave, solicit, plead, supplicate, adjure, petition, initiate, use, implement

Nearby words

inviting, invocate, invocation, invocative, invoice, invoke, involucel, involucrate, involucre, involucrum, involuntary

Origin of invoke

1480–90; < Latin invocāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + vocāre to call, akin to vōx voice
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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 Formsinvocable, adjectiveinvoker, noun

Word Origin for invoke

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

usage

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