[ in-vohkt ]
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  1. (of a deity, saint, Muse, etc.) petitioned, prayed to, or called upon for help or aid: On all four sides of the obelisk there are inscriptions associating the invoked deities with the cardinal points of the compass.

  2. prayed or asked for with earnest desire: Many drivers who have miraculously escaped from car accidents credit the invoked protection of St. Christopher.

  1. declared to be in effect: While overseas he was detained by local police for allegedly misstating his company's registered assets—a rarely invoked charge.

  2. appealed to or mentioned, as for confirmation or justification: This logic of caution is most recognizable in the often invoked slogan that “risk management is good business.”

  3. (of a spirit) called forth or summoned by incantation: The initiation ritual is a one-to-one encounter with an initiator, who acts as agent for the invoked powers in the spirit world.

  4. Computers. displayed, opened, or executed as a result of clicking on a link, entering a search term, changing a parameter, etc.: If you click on the Back arrow, the invoked view will replace the current view in the navigation history.

  5. caused or brought about by a certain thing or in a certain way (often used in combination): The report ignored the millions of refugees fleeing the recent military-invoked escalation of violence in the region.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of invoke.

Origin of invoked

First recorded in 1795–1805; invoke + -ed2 for the adjective senses; invoke + -ed1 for the verb sense

Other words from invoked

  • un·in·voked, adjective

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