• WordNet 3.6
    • v invoke request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection "appeal to somebody for help","Invoke God in times of trouble"
    • v invoke cite as an authority; resort to "He invoked the law that would save him","I appealed to the law of 1900","She invoked an ancient law"
    • v invoke summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic "raise the specter of unemployment","he conjured wild birds in the air","call down the spirits from the mountain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Invoke To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore; as, to invoke the Supreme Being, or to invoke His and blessing. "Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, . . . Invoke his warlike spirit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • invoke To address in supplication; call on for protection or aid: as, to invoke the Supreme Being; to invoke the Muses.
    • invoke To call for with earnest desire; make supplication or prayer for: as, to invoke God's mercy.
    • invoke In law, to call for judicially: as, to invoke depositions or evidence. Synonyms and To implore, supplicate, adjure, solicit, beseech.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Invoke in-vōk′ to call upon earnestly or solemnly: to implore assistance: to address in prayer.
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  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.”
  • Henry Kissinger
    “Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “Sanctions against polluters are feeble and out of date, and are rarely invoked.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. invoquer, L. invocare,; pref. in-, in, on + vocare, to call, fr. vox, voice. See Voice, and cf. Invocate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. invocāre, -ātumin, on, vocāre, to call.


In literature:

In the earliest inscriptions Bhavavarman invokes Siva and dedicates a linga.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
At last, after "invoking the most sacred name of God," the court pronounce their sentence.
"Rome in 1860" by Edward Dicey
Isis, then, was the only divinity invoked at the moment of the eruption.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
It is this little group of gods that men worshipped in all the temples, that men ordinarily invoked in their prayers.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
In vain he invoked the memory of his father, or of Winthrop, the grandfather of his wife.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
They invoke ruin on our laws; and they say they follow their consciences!
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Through this sign they dedicated their work to God and invoke the divine blessing upon it.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
A gift was presented to invoke the friendship of the Crees.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
Some are invoked in all needs and distresses; St.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Here we with prayer, obedient to the seer, Invoke the guardian gods to whom the place is dear.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil

In poetry:

No God, besides the true God, own,
Serve him with care, and him alone,
Invoke him, magnify him still,
And he'll protect thee from each ill.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
Sages invoked Minerva's might;
The Poet, ere he struck the lyre,
Prayed to the God of Song and Light
To touch the strings with hallowed fire.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
A little while the lovely babe,
As if by angels lent,
With soft caress and soothing wile
Invok'd a widow'd mother's smile,
Then to his father went.
"Henry Howard Comstock," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Observe with awe, the Seventh day,
Attend the church — hear, watch and pray —
Thy God invoke — thy pot forsake —
Nor the fiend's feast, the Sabbath make.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
Do thou thyself perform the parson's part,
Do thou thyself invoke the Pow'r divine,
And make thy people, with a glowing heart,
Along with thee in each petition join.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
What for him shall she invoke?
Shall the oak
Bind the man's triumphant brow?
Shall his daring foot alight
On the height?
Shall he dwell amidst the humble and the low?
"Mater Amabilis" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Governor invokes Tech slayings, offers his prayers.
A Pentagon defense attorney is invoking a recent civilian court decision in a bid to get the military’s Sept 11 death-penalty case dismissed at Guantánamo.
For its first few decades, prosecutors rarely invoked the statute.
0When a nurse feels she has been asked to perform an assignment she believes is unsafe for a patient, she can invoke something called "safe harbor ".
I tried to do anything— within reason and without invoking the wrath of angry parents—to be popular.
Governor invokes Tech slayings, offers his prayers.
Gov invokes Tech slayings, offers his prayers.
The honey-badger madness has gotten so heated, the school has had to step in, invoking NCAA rules that prevent anyone from profiting from an amateur athlete's likeness.
I'm diggin' the fact that Senate Candidate Richard Carmona invoked high profile attorney and Libertarian Marc Victor against Jeff Flake.
GOP congressman warns of impeachment if Obama does an end run on Congress and invokes 14th Amendment to raise debt ceiling.
WASHINGTON (KGUN9-TV/AP) -President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege to withhold documents a House committee is seeking in an investigation of a flawed gun-smuggling probe in Arizona, known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Imasogie invoked all of that Wednesday as he and other leaders from Iroko Pharmaceuticals L.L.C.
Invoking Ireland - the Sound of Avoca.
At Princi Italia , Ascolese told me, he sought to create a menu that resonated with the dining room meant to invoke the Italian countryside.
Linyi, the locus of the Chen Guangcheng controversy that put the United States and China on a collision course last week, invokes the image of poverty, isolation and obscurity.

In science:

Throughout the technical parts of the proofs smaller, quite plausible statements are invoked.
No more than three favourite sites for simple random walk
Eq. (4.1) is invariant under the graded SL(2, R) transformations after the physical state conditions are invoked at each vertex operator.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
In eq. (5.15) we have determined the seagull interaction corresponding to the non-pole term by invoking the noncommutative U (1) invariance.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
The notion of group velocity and group index are not relevant in the context of this paper and hence not invoked.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
This paper concerns the proposed mechanism of generating a scale-invariant spectrum of adiabatic cosmological fluctuations without the need to invoke inflation † .
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe