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verb (used with object), in·voked, in·vok·ing.
  1. to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God's mercy.
  2. to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication.
  3. to declare to be binding or in effect: to invoke the law; to invoke a veto.
  4. to appeal to, as for confirmation.
  5. to petition or call on for help or aid.
  6. to call forth or upon (a spirit) by incantation.
  7. to cause, call forth, or bring about.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for invoked

Contemporary Examples of invoked

Historical Examples of invoked

  • He invoked the spirit of his mother; he brought together an assembly of elves and goblins.


    William Godwin

  • He invoked the aid even of those Ainos who dwelt in the land of the Japanese.

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain

  • And he invoked the whole Pantheon to witness his self-denunciation.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • I was clutched by the icy hand of the awful phantom he had invoked.

  • The Western spirit must be invoked for new and nobler achievements.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

British Dictionary definitions for invoked


verb (tr)
  1. to call upon (an agent, esp God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc
  2. to put (a law, penalty, etc) into usethe union invoked the dispute procedure
  3. to appeal to (an outside agent or authority) for confirmation, corroboration, etc
  4. to implore or beg (help, etc)
  5. 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 invoked



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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