What does invoke mean?

Definitions for invoke
ɪnˈvoʊkin·voke

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forthverb

    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"

  2. invoke, appealverb

    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"

  3. appeal, invokeverb

    request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection

    "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble"

Wiktionary

  1. invokeverb

    To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.

    Etymology: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

  2. invokeverb

    To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.

    In certain Christian circles invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.

    Etymology: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

  3. invokeverb

    To conjure up with incantations.

    This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.

    Etymology: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

  4. invokeverb

    To bring about as an inevitable consequence.

    Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.

    Etymology: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

  5. invokeverb

    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.

    Etymology: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

  6. invokeverb

    To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.

    Interactive programs let the users enter choices and invoke the corresponding routines.

    Etymology: From invoken, from invoquer (=modern French), from invocare, itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invokeverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. invoquer, L. invocare; pref. in- in, on + vocare to call, fr. vox voice. See Voice, and cf. Invocate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Invoke

    in-vōk′, v.t. to call upon earnestly or solemnly: to implore assistance: to address in prayer. [Fr.,—L. invocāre, -ātumin, on, vocāre, to call.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'invoke' in Verbs Frequency: #1099

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invoke in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invoke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of invoke in a Sentence

  1. Paul Hokemeyer:

    When we engage in the world through narcissistic acts, we invoke a host of negative reactions from others,

  2. Henry Kissinger:

    Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.

  3. Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

    Today Nato should invoke article 5 of our NATO agreement, which basically says an attack on an ally is an attack on us and an attack on all of the Western world, we as Americans must assert leadership and we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with France and the French people.

  4. Rod Rosenstein:

    The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect, i will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me clear about this : Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25thAmendment.

  5. Obert Gutu:

    He has seen better days. I think it is now clear that he is no longer fit for purpose. In fact if Zimbabwe was a democracy, Parliament was supposed to go and invoke Section 96 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, he should actually be impeached. He is now clearly unable to discharge his duties as head of state.

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