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Definition of "invoke" []

  • 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). (verb-transitive)
  • To appeal to or cite in support or justification. (verb-transitive)
  • To call for earnestly; solicit: invoked the help of a passing motorist. (verb-transitive)
  • To summon with incantations; conjure. (verb-transitive)
  • To resort to; use or apply: "Shamelessly, he invokes coincidence to achieve ironic effect” ( Newsweek). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "invoke" in a sentence
  • "The last thing I want to invoke is some crazy geek box office battle here."
  • "We are experiencing writing, which, through the psychological processes Carnap and Dewey invoke, is "transformed" into a world of characters and their stories."
  • "Across the country, small-town leaders who don't know any other words in English invoke those three letters dozens of times a day in conversation."