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INVOKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does invoke mean? 

INVOKE (verb)
  The verb INVOKE has 3 senses:

1. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
2. cite as an authority; resort to
3. request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection

  Familiarity information: INVOKE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INVOKE (verb)


Sense 1invoke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

invoke; bring up; call down; conjure up; conjure; call forth; arouse; put forward; evoke; stir; raise

Context examples:

raise the specter of unemployment / he conjured wild birds in the air / call down the spirits from the mountain

Hypernyms (to "invoke" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "invoke"):

anathemise; anathemize; bedamn; beshrew; curse; damn; imprecate; maledict (wish harm upon; invoke evil upon)

bless (give a benediction to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2invoke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cite as an authority; resort to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

invoke; appeal

Context examples:

He invoked the law that would save him / I appealed to the law of 1900 / She invoked an ancient law

Hypernyms (to "invoke" is one way to...):

advert; bring up; cite; mention; name; refer (make reference to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3invoke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

appeal; invoke

Context examples:

appeal to somebody for help / Invoke God in times of trouble

Hypernyms (to "invoke" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "invoke"):

plead (appeal or request earnestly)

call on; turn (have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s to somebody


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