Invoke meaning

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Invoke means to put something to use.

An example of to invoke is to use city code to argue a disagreement with a policeman.

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To resort to or put into use (a law, ruling, penalty, etc.) as pertinent.

To invoke an article of the UN Charter.

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To call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration.
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To activate or start (a program, for example).
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To call forth; cause.
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To ask solemnly for; beg for; implore.

To invoke aid.

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To activate a program, routine, function or process.
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To appeal to or cite in support or justification.
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To call for earnestly; solicit.

Invoked the help of a passing motorist.

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To call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc.
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To invoke is defined as to emotionally ask for something.

An example of to invoke is a charity group asking for money.

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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.

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To summon with incantations; conjure.
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To resort to; use or apply.
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To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.
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To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.

In certain Christian circles invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.

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To bring about as an inevitable consequence.

Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.

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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.

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(computing) To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.

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

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To summon (evil spirits) by incantation; conjure.
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To conjure up with incantations.

This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.

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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