What does invoke mean?

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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"


  1. invokeverb

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

  2. invokeverb

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

    In certain Christian circles invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.

  3. invokeverb

    To conjure up with incantations.

    This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.

  4. invokeverb

    To bring about as an inevitable consequence.

    Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.

  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.

  6. invokeverb

    To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Invokeverb

    To call upon; to implore; to pray to.

    Etymology: invoco, Latin; invoquer, French.

    The power I will invoke dwells in her eyes. Philip Sidney.

    One peculiar nation to select
    From all the rest, of whom to be invok'd. John Milton, P. Lost.

    The skilful bard,
    Striking the Thracian harp, invokes Apollo,
    To make his hero and himself immortal. Matthew Prior.


  1. invoke

    To invoke is to call upon something or someone for assistance, authority, or support. It can also mean to put into effect or operation, as in invoking rules or laws. Additionally, in programming, it can refer to the action of running a procedure or function.

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

  2. 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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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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. Patricia Millett:

    The issue, as I understood, before us was not about the content of the documents or when you look at them, but simply what happens when the current incumbent president says I'm not going to invoke executive privilege as to these documents with respect to this particular request.

  2. Jennifer Bergner:

    When the body is warmed, the water ice restructures to a more stable and compact form, and the trapped gas can escape, this could explain ‘Oumuamua’s behavior but doesn’t need to invoke any exotic chemistry or physics.

  3. 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.

  4. Carrie Lam:

    The radical behavior of rioters took Hong Kong through a very dark night, leaving society today half-paralyzed, the extreme violence clearly illustrated that Hong Kong's public safety is widely endangered. That's the concrete reason that we had to invoke emergency law yesterday to introduce the anti-mask law.

  5. Saint Francis de Sales:

    Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.

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