raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forth(verb)
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"
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"
request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
"appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble"
To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.
To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.
In certain Christian circles invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.
To conjure up with incantations.
This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.
To bring about as an inevitable consequence.
Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.
To solicit, petition for, appeal to a favorable attitude.
The envoy invoked the King of Kings's magnanimity to reduce his province's tribute after another draught.
To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.
Interactive programs let the users enter choices and invoke the corresponding routines.
Origin: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'
to call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore; as, to invoke the Supreme Being, or to invoke His and blessing
Origin: [F. invoquer, L. invocare; pref. in- in, on + vocare to call, fr. vox voice. See Voice, and cf. Invocate.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-vōk′, v.t. to call upon earnestly or solemnly: to implore assistance: to address in prayer. [Fr.,—L. invocāre, -ātum—in, on, vocāre, to call.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'invoke' in Verbs Frequency: #1099
The numerical value of invoke in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of invoke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
This challenge cannot be borne by one country. We have to invoke European solidarity.
Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
We were looking for something that would invoke people to come together to do something they couldn't do alone and then we thought of Ben Franklin and the Bucket Brigades.
I have directed staff to provide options for the agency to consider quickly, so that we can make a final decision on whether to invoke our accelerated remedy authority by Thanksgiving.
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