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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for invoker

Historical Examples

  • Rebhas, or the invoker, represented as a hero, is no other than our Trita ptyas.

    Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)

    Angelo de Gubernatis

  • The invoker of this brilliant assembly stood in simple evening dress near the door,—unattended and hedged by no formality.

  • A ceremony called the Satane determines the chief who takes the office of invoker.

  • Imagination is everything; it is, indeed, the invoker of all beauty; and admiration of beauty is the one escape out of life.

  • Antony Ferrara, invoker of nameless horrors, shrank before him—before the primitive Celtic man whom unwittingly he had invoked.

British Dictionary definitions for invoker


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
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Derived Formsinvocable, adjectiveinvoker, noun

Word Origin

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 invoker



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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