UK [ɪnˈvəʊk] / US [ɪnˈvoʊk] verb [transitive]
Word forms "invoke":
present tense I/you/we/they invoke he/she/it invokes present participle invoking past tense invoked past participle invoked formal
1) to use a law or rule in order to achieve something

In extreme situations, the police chief may invoke emergency powers.

a) to mention a law, principle, or idea in order to support an argument or to explain an action

They invoked principles of international law to claim ownership of the sunken ship.

b) to mention the name of someone who is well known or well respected in order to support an argument
2) to make someone feel a particular emotion or see a particular image in their minds

Popular art invoked the image of a happy and contented family.

The situation was invoking fears of another Vietnam-type entanglement.

3) to ask for help from someone who is stronger or more powerful, especially a god

prayers invoking divine protection

4) to make the spirits of dead people appear by using magic powers

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • invoke — in·voke /in vōk/ vt in·voked, in·vok·ing 1: to appeal to as furnishing authority or motive 2: to put into legal effect or call for the observance of: enforce invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege …   Law dictionary

  • invoke — [in vōk′] vt. invoked, invoking [ME invoken < MFr invoquer < L invocare < in , in, on + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. to call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc. 2. to resort to… …   English World dictionary

  • invoke — [v1] call upon adjure, appeal to, beg, beseech, call forth, conjure, crave, entreat, implore, importune, petition, plead, pray, request, send for, solicit, summon, supplicate; concept 48 invoke [v2] put into effect apply, call in, effect, enforce …   New thesaurus

  • invoke —   [engl.], aufrufen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • invoke — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. envoquer (12c.), from L. invocare call upon, implore, from in upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + vocare to call, related to vox (gen. vocis) voice (see VOICE (Cf. voice)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • invoke — ► VERB 1) appeal to as an authority or in support of an argument. 2) call on (a deity or spirit) in prayer or as a witness. 3) call earnestly for. 4) summon (a spirit) by charms or incantation. 5) give rise to; evoke. DERIVATIVES invoker noun …   English terms dictionary

  • invoke — 01. The priest [invoked] a blessing for the sick child. 02. Too many people [invoke] a passage of the Bible to justify their intolerance of those who are different. 03. The old witch [invoked] the help of evil spirits to destroy her enemy. 04. By …   Grammatical examples in English

  • invoke — invocable, adj. invoker, n. /in vohk /, v.t., invoked, invoking. 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… …   Universalium

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