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in·voke

 (ĭn-vōk′)
tr.v. in·voked, in·vok·ing, in·vokes
1. To call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration: "Stretching out her hands she had the air of a Greek woman who invoked a deity" (Ford Madox Ford).
2. To appeal to or cite in support or justification.
3. To call for earnestly; solicit: invoked the help of a passing motorist.
4. To summon with incantations; conjure.
5. To resort to; use or apply: "Shamelessly, he invokes coincidence to achieve ironic effect" (Newsweek).
6. Computers To activate or start (a program, for example).

[Middle English envoken, from Old French invoquer, from Latin invocāre : in-, in; see in-2 + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

in·vok′er n.

invoke

(ɪnˈvəʊk)
vb (tr)
1. to call upon (an agent, esp God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc
2. to put (a law, penalty, etc) into use: the 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. (Other Non-Christian Religions) to summon (a spirit, demon, etc); conjure up
[C15: from Latin invocāre to call upon, appeal to, from vocāre to call]
inˈvocable adj
inˈvoker n
Usage: Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction

in•voke

(ɪnˈvoʊk)

v.t. -voked, -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.
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.
[1480–90; < Latin invocāre=in- in-2 + vocāre to call, akin to vōx voice]

invoke


Past participle: invoked
Gerund: invoking

Imperative
invoke
invoke
Present
I invoke
you invoke
he/she/it invokes
we invoke
you invoke
they invoke
Preterite
I invoked
you invoked
he/she/it invoked
we invoked
you invoked
they invoked
Present Continuous
I am invoking
you are invoking
he/she/it is invoking
we are invoking
you are invoking
they are invoking
Present Perfect
I have invoked
you have invoked
he/she/it has invoked
we have invoked
you have invoked
they have invoked
Past Continuous
I was invoking
you were invoking
he/she/it was invoking
we were invoking
you were invoking
they were invoking
Past Perfect
I had invoked
you had invoked
he/she/it had invoked
we had invoked
you had invoked
they had invoked
Future
I will invoke
you will invoke
he/she/it will invoke
we will invoke
you will invoke
they will invoke
Future Perfect
I will have invoked
you will have invoked
he/she/it will have invoked
we will have invoked
you will have invoked
they will have invoked
Future Continuous
I will be invoking
you will be invoking
he/she/it will be invoking
we will be invoking
you will be invoking
they will be invoking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been invoking
you have been invoking
he/she/it has been invoking
we have been invoking
you have been invoking
they have been invoking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been invoking
you will have been invoking
he/she/it will have been invoking
we will have been invoking
you will have been invoking
they will have been invoking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been invoking
you had been invoking
he/she/it had been invoking
we had been invoking
you had been invoking
they had been invoking
Conditional
I would invoke
you would invoke
he/she/it would invoke
we would invoke
you would invoke
they would invoke
Past Conditional
I would have invoked
you would have invoked
he/she/it would have invoked
we would have invoked
you would have invoked
they would have invoked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.invoke - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magicinvoke - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict, curse - wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
bless - give a benediction to; "The dying man blessed his son"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke - evoke or provoke to appear or occur; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
2.invoke - cite as an authority; resort to; "He invoked the law that would save him"; "I appealed to the law of 1900"; "She invoked an ancient law"
cite, mention, refer, advert, name, bring up - make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
3.invoke - request earnestly (something from somebody)invoke - request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
plead - appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"
call on, turn - have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help"

invoke

verb
1. apply, use, implement, call in, initiate, resort to, put into effect The judge invoked an international law that protects refugees.
2. cite, mention, refer to, name, evidence, quote, specify, allude to He invoked memories of previous disasters to argue against postponement.
3. bring out, conjure up, summon up The work invoked the atmosphere of the open spaces of the prairies.
4. call upon, appeal to, pray to, petition, conjure, solicit, beseech, entreat, adjure, supplicate The great magicians of old invoked their gods with sacrifice.

invoke

verb
To compel observance of:
Idioms: put in force, put into action.
Translations
يَتَوَسَّل، يَتَضَرَّع إلى
dovolávat se
påkalde
segítségül hív
ákalla
meldimasmelsti pagalbosšauktis pagalbos
lūgtpiesaukt
imdat dilemekniyaz etmekyalvarmak

invoke

[ɪnˈvəʊk] VT [+ law] → recurrir or acogerse a, invocar; [+ principle] → recurrir a, invocar; [+ aid, protection, god, spirit] → invocar

invoke

[ɪnˈvəʊk] vt
[+ law] → invoquer
[+ principle, authority] → invoquer

invoke

vt
(= appeal to, call for) God, the law, museanrufen; evil spiritsbeschwören; memoriesheraufbeschwören; to invoke the name of MarxMarx ins Feld führen; to invoke God’s blessingGottes Segen erbitten; to invoke somebody’s helpan jds Hilfsbereitschaft (acc)appellieren
(= call into operation) treaty etcsich berufen auf (+acc)

invoke

[ɪnˈvəʊk] vtinvocare

invoke

(inˈvəuk) verb
to appeal to (some power, eg God, the law etc) for help etc.
invocation (invəˈkeiʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
I am only bound to invoke Memory where I know her responses will possess some degree of interest; therefore I now pass a space of eight years almost in silence: a few lines only are necessary to keep up the links of connection.
What could I do but invoke a silent blessing on Miss Mills's head, and store Miss Mills's address in the securest corner of my memory
Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of EDEN, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top Of OREB, or of SINAI, didst inspire That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed, In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth Rose out of CHAOS: Or if SION Hill Delight thee more, and SILOA'S Brook that flow'd Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song, That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th' AONIAN Mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors.
Thou art very simple, Sancho," said Don Quixote; "God, look you, gave that great knight of the Red Cross to Spain as her patron saint and protector, especially in those hard struggles the Spaniards had with the Moors; and therefore they invoke and call upon him as their defender in all their battles; and in these he has been many a time seen beating down, trampling under foot, destroying and slaughtering the Hagarene squadrons in the sight of all; of which fact I could give thee many examples recorded in truthful Spanish histories.
Does it not invoke, from the enlightened solicitude of the ministers of Public Instruction, the creation of chairs of anthropology,--a science in which Germany outstrips us?
My Lord, my Lord, you invoke in your defense things which accuse you more strongly.
Plaints made in common are almost prayers, and prayers where two or three are gathered together invoke the mercy of heaven.
We will invoke the remembrance of that poor De Winter, for whom he seemed to have a great regard; we will tell him that we have come as amateurs to see what is going on; we will spend with him a guinea each per day; and I think that by taking all these precautions we can be quite undisturbed.
They curse me, they invoke all kinds of evil on my head
Louis listened; it seemed so strange to him that Mazarin should invoke good faith, and he the author of so many political tricks, called Mazarinades.
I have too much reverence in me to invoke the name of a God of whom clever men have robbed me a long time ago.