- The definition of invoke is to call on someone or something to help or inspire you.
An example of invoke is trying to contact someone who died.
- To invoke is defined as to emotionally ask for something.
An example of to invoke is a charity group asking for money.
- Invoke means to put something to use.
An example of to invoke is to use city code to argue a disagreement with a policeman.
transitive verbinvoked, invoking
- to call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc.
- to resort to or put into use (a law, ruling, penalty, etc.) as pertinent: to invoke an article of the U.N. Charter
- to call forth; cause
- to summon (evil spirits) by incantation; conjure
- to ask solemnly for; beg for; implore: to invoke aid
Origin of invokeMiddle English invoken ; from Middle French invoquer ; from Classical Latin invocare ; from in-, in, on + vocare, to call ; from vox, voice
transitive verbin·voked, in·vok·ing, in·vokes
- To call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration: “Stretching out her hands she had the air of a Greek woman who invoked a deity” (Ford Madox Ford).
- To appeal to or cite in support or justification.
- To call for earnestly; solicit: invoked the help of a passing motorist.
- To summon with incantations; conjure.
- To resort to; use or apply: “Shamelessly, he invokes coincidence to achieve ironic effect” (Newsweek).
- Computers To activate or start (a program, for example).
Origin of invokeMiddle English envoken, from Old French invoquer, from Latin invocāre : in-, in; see in–2 + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present invokes, present participle invoking, simple past and past participle invoked)
- 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.
- (computing) To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.
- Interactive programs let the users enter choices and invoke the corresponding routines.
- C++ lets you invoke an operator function either by calling the function or by using the overloaded operator with its usual syntax. — Stephen Prata.
invoke - Computer Definition
To activate a program, routine, function or process.