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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 admired them, had fancies about them, for we could all profit in a degree, especially when they loomed through the dusk, by the grandeur of their actual battlements; yet it was not at such an elevation that the figure I had so often invoked seemed most in place.
From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favorable winds.
The blacksmith availing himself of the mild, summer-cool weather that now reigned in these latitudes, and in preparation for the peculiarly active pursuits shortly to be anticipated, Perth, the begrimed, blistered old blacksmith, had not removed his portable forge to the hold again, after concluding his contributory work for Ahab's leg, but still retained it on deck, fast lashed to ringbolts by the foremast; being now almost incessantly invoked by the headsmen, and harpooneers, and bowsmen to do some little job for them; altering, or repairing, or new shaping their various weapons and boat furniture.
The first time she heard that form of salute used at the telephone she was surprised, and not pleased; but I told her I had given order for it: that henceforth and forever the tele- phone must always be invoked with that reverent for- mality, in perpetual honor and remembrance of my lost friend and her small namesake.
No doubt he had invoked the help of the Holy Spirit to subdue the anger I had roused in him, and now believed he had forgiven me once more.
The front door stood open, but the jealous gate was fastened, as at my last visit; I knocked and invoked Earnshaw from among the garden-beds; he unchained it, and I entered.
Upon this, the superior authority of the housekeeper was invoked, and Mrs.
I called my waiting-maid to me, that there might be a witness on earth besides those in Heaven, and again Don Fernando renewed and repeated his oaths, invoked as witnesses fresh saints in addition to the former ones, called down upon himself a thousand curses hereafter should he fail to keep his promise, shed more tears, redoubled his sighs and pressed me closer in his arms, from which he had never allowed me to escape; and so I was left by my maid, and ceased to be one, and he became a traitor and a perjured man.
We women have something of the mother in us that makes us rise above smaller matters when the mother spirit is invoked.
Thence we sailed onward with sorrow in our hearts, but glad to have escaped death though we had lost our comrades, nor did we leave till we had thrice invoked each one of the poor fellows who had perished by the hands of the Cicons.
We have already given a picture of a free trapper and his horse, as furnished by Captain Bonneville: we shall here subjoin, as a companion picture, his description of a free trapper's wife, that the reader may have a correct idea of the kind of blessing the worthy hunter in question had invoked to solace him in the wilderness.
She swore, and invoked all the gods of the nether world, who are called Titans, to witness.