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

Origin of invoke

1480–90; < Latin invocāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + vocāre to call, akin to vōx voice
Related formsin·vo·ca·ble, adjectivein·vok·er, nounre·in·voke, verb (used with object), re·in·voked, re·in·vok·ing.un·in·vo·ca·ble, adjectiveun·in·voked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of invoke

Historical Examples of invoke

  • It is useless to invoke the gods for his success, and it is not worth while, he added, with a faint smile.

    Christ Legends

    Selma Lagerlf

  • He could not invoke the friendship of the Third Estate, for as yet none existed.

  • It is not surprising, therefore, to find the sectaries soon again driven to invoke the protection of the king.

  • She had asked Peggy to invoke the compassion and aid of the other girls and to do what she could for Yvonne herself.

  • I trust thou dost—and not as I have heard That worldlings do, invoke them in mere blasphemy.Ant.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for invoke


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


Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction
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Word Origin and History for invoke

late 15c., from Middle French envoquer (12c.), from Latin invocare "call upon, implore," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + vocare "to call," related to vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (see voice (n.)). Related: Invoked; invoking.

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