transitive verb (invoked; invoking) Etymology: Middle English envoken, from Middle French invoquer, from Latin invocare, from in- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice Date: 15th century 1. a. to petition for help or support b. to appeal to or cite as authority 2. to call forth by incantation ; conjure 3. to make an earnest request for ; solicit 4. to put into effect or operation ; implement 5. bring about, causeinvoker noun

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  • invoke — in‧voke [ɪnˈvəʊk ǁ ˈvoʊk] verb [transitive] LAW to use a law, principle etc to support a view or decision: • The seller of the goods invoked an exclusion clause in the guarantee. * * * invoke UK US /ɪnˈvəʊk/ verb [T] FORMAL ► …   Financial and business terms

  • Invoke — In*voke , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invoked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Invoking}.] [F. invoquer, L. invocare; pref. in in, on + vocare to call, fr. vox voice. See {Voice}, and cf. {Invocate}.] To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invoke — in·voke /in vōk/ vt in·voked, in·vok·ing 1: to appeal to as furnishing authority or motive 2: to put into legal effect or call for the observance of: enforce invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege …   Law dictionary

  • invoke — [in vōk′] vt. invoked, invoking [ME invoken < MFr invoquer < L invocare < in , in, on + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. to call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc. 2. to resort to… …   English World dictionary

  • invoke — [v1] call upon adjure, appeal to, beg, beseech, call forth, conjure, crave, entreat, implore, importune, petition, plead, pray, request, send for, solicit, summon, supplicate; concept 48 invoke [v2] put into effect apply, call in, effect, enforce …   New thesaurus

  • invoke —   [engl.], aufrufen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • invoke — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. envoquer (12c.), from L. invocare call upon, implore, from in upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + vocare to call, related to vox (gen. vocis) voice (see VOICE (Cf. voice)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • invoke — ► VERB 1) appeal to as an authority or in support of an argument. 2) call on (a deity or spirit) in prayer or as a witness. 3) call earnestly for. 4) summon (a spirit) by charms or incantation. 5) give rise to; evoke. DERIVATIVES invoker noun …   English terms dictionary

  • invoke — 01. The priest [invoked] a blessing for the sick child. 02. Too many people [invoke] a passage of the Bible to justify their intolerance of those who are different. 03. The old witch [invoked] the help of evil spirits to destroy her enemy. 04. By …   Grammatical examples in English

  • invoke — invocable, adj. invoker, n. /in vohk /, v.t., invoked, invoking. 1. to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God s mercy. 2. to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication. 3. to declare to be… …   Universalium

  • invoke — UK [ɪnˈvəʊk] / US [ɪnˈvoʊk] verb [transitive] Word forms invoke : present tense I/you/we/they invoke he/she/it invokes present participle invoking past tense invoked past participle invoked formal 1) to use a law or rule in order to achieve… …   English dictionary

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