• (America) enPR: in'vōk, IPA: /ɪnˈvoʊk/

invoke (invokes, present participle invoking; past and past participle invoked)

  1. (transitive) To call upon (a person, a god) for help, assistance or guidance.
  2. (transitive) 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 drought.
  3. (transitive) To call to mind (something) for some purpose.
  4. (transitive) To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.
    In certain Christian circles, invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.
    • 1969, Philip Ziegler, The Black Death, Folio Society 2007, p. 21:
      He invoked cadaveric poisoning as the reason for the high death rate among priests and monks […]
  5. (transitive) To conjure up with incantations.
    This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.
  6. (transitive) To bring about as an inevitable consequence.
    Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.
  7. (transitive, computing) To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.
    Interactive programs let the users enter choices and invoke the corresponding routines.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: invoquer
  • Russian: апеллировать
  • Russian: призыва́ть
  • Spanish: invocar
  • Russian: вы́звать
  • French: invoquer
  • Russian: призыва́ть
  • Russian: вызыва́ть

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