Invoke Definition

invoked, invokes, invoking
invoked, invokes, invoking
To call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc.
Webster's New World
To appeal to or cite in support or justification.
American Heritage
To call forth; cause.
Webster's New World
To resort to or put into use (a law, ruling, penalty, etc.) as pertinent.
To invoke an article of the UN Charter.
Webster's New World
To summon (evil spirits) by incantation; conjure.
Webster's New World

Origin of Invoke

  • Middle English envoken from Old French invoquer from Latin invocāre in- in in–2 vocāre to call wekw- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English invoken, from Middle French invoquer (=modern French), from Latin invocare (“to call upon”), itself from in- + vocare 'to call'

    From Wiktionary

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