[ in-vohk ]
/ ɪnˈvoʊk /
verb (used with object), in·voked, in·vok·ing.
to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God's mercy.
to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication.
to declare to be binding or in effect: to invoke the law; to invoke a veto.
to appeal to, as for confirmation.
to petition or call on for help or aid.
to call forth or upon (a spirit) by incantation.
to cause, call forth, or bring about.
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Origin of invoke
OTHER WORDS FROM invoke
in·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, adjective
Words nearby invoke
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Example sentences from the Web for reinvoke
The chrysanthemums and the roses and the hardy zenias that came up uncared for were powerless to reinvoke the spirit of the place.The Voice of the People|Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for reinvoke
/ (ɪnˈvəʊk) /
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 forms of invokeinvocable, adjectiveinvoker, noun
Word Origin for invoke
C15: from Latin invocāre to call upon, appeal to, from vocāre to call
usage for invoke
Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction
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