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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 ?
It was Dinah's mode of invoking the domestic Muses.
Little did he think, when I took leave of him at night, that he had just given his full consent to my being engaged to Dora, and that I was invoking blessings on his head!
Had I not but an hour ago stood upon this very common, vainly, so it seemed, invoking the spirits of passion and romance, and the grim old common had never made a sign.
To the enquiries of Athelstane and Cedric, the old Jew could for some time only answer by invoking the protection of all the patriarchs of the Old Testament successively against the sons of Ishmael, who were coming to smite them, hip and thigh, with the edge of the sword.
Yes, she was carried off in the Prison Act, at the moment when she was invoking the aid of the angels; but I doubt if she was carried off by an angel.
Lothario, terrified and breathless, ran in haste to pluck out the dagger; but when he saw how slight the wound was he was relieved of his fears and once more admired the subtlety, coolness, and ready wit of the fair Camilla; and the better to support the part he had to play he began to utter profuse and doleful lamentations over her body as if she were dead, invoking maledictions not only on himself but also on him who had been the means of placing him in such a position: and knowing that his friend Anselmo heard him he spoke in such a way as to make a listener feel much more pity for him than for Camilla, even though he supposed her dead.
He had never heard of Sherlock Holmes or he would have lost no time in invoking the aid of that celebrated sleuth, for here was a real mystery: An old woman--an invalid who had to be carried from the ship to her room in the hotel--and a handsome lad, her grandson, had entered a room on the second floor of his hostelry the day before.
Then I went to bed, not, however, without invoking, like the Indian, the favour of the radiant orb.
Then in spite of my cries, in spite of my resistance--for I began to comprehend that there was a question of something worse than death--the executioner seized me, threw me on the floor, fastened me with his bonds, and suffocated by sobs, almost without sense, invoking God, who did not listen to me, I uttered all at once a frightful cry of pain and shame.
The old man sat down, after raising his hands to heaven with a gesture of invoking the Divine power; then he bowed himself over as if weighed down with sorrow.
Invoking everlasting destruction on the frequently-blackened eyes of Crouch, he threatened instant withdrawal of his patronage and support unless the polite pugilist hit, then and there, as hard as he could.
Tom took one hand out of his breeches-pocket and stuck it in his back hair for a scratch, giving his hat a tilt over his nose, his one method of invoking wisdom.