- 1invoke something (against somebody) to mention or use a law, rule, etc. as a reason for doing something It is unlikely that libel laws will be invoked.
- 2invoke somebody/something to mention a person, a theory, an example, etc. to support your opinions or ideas, or as a reason for something She invoked several eminent scholars to back up her argument.
- 3invoke something to mention somebody’s name to make people feel a particular thing or act in a particular way His name was invoked as a symbol of the revolution.
- 4invoke somebody to make a request (for help) to somebody, especially a god
- 5invoke something to make somebody have a particular feeling or imagine a particular scene synonym evoke The opening paragraph invokes a vision of England in the early Middle Ages. Some people think this use is not correct.
- 6invoke something (computing) to begin to run a program, etc. This command will invoke the HELP system.
- 7invoke somebody/something to make evil appear by using magic Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French invoquer, from Latin invocare, from in-
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈvəʊk//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvoʊk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invoke
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvəʊk//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvoʊk//he / she / it invokes
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvəʊks//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvoʊks//past simple invoked
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvəʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvoʊkt//past participle invoked
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvəʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvoʊkt//-ing form invoking
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvəʊkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvoʊkɪŋ//