Evoke Definition

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To draw forth or elicit (a particular mental image, reaction, etc.)
Webster's New World
To call to mind, as by suggestion, association, or reference.
Songs that evoke old memories; a speech that evoked the words of Jefferson.
American Heritage
To call forth or summon (a spirit, demon, etc.), as by chanting magical words; conjure up.
Webster's New World
To create anew, especially by means of the imagination.
A novel that accurately evokes the Depression.
American Heritage

To cause the manifestation of something (emotion, picture, etc.) in someone's mind or imagination.

Being here evokes long forgotten memories.
Seeing this happen equally evokes fear and anger in me.
The book evokes a detailed and lively picture of what life was like in the 19th century.

Origin of Evoke

  • From French évoquer, from Latin ēvocō (“to call out, summon”), from ex (“out”) and vocō (“call”). Akin to voice.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin ēvocāre ē-, ex- ex- vocāre to call wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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