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verb [transitive] formal invoke pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈvoʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinvoking
past tenseinvoked
past participleinvoked
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  1. 1
    to use a law or rule in order to achieve something
    The president invoked the Taft-Hartley law to force the strikers to return to work.
    In extreme situations, the police chief may invoke emergency powers.
    1. a.
      to mention a law, principle, or idea in order to support an argument or to explain an action
      They invoked principles of international law to claim ownership of the sunken ship.
    2. b.
      to mention the name of someone who is well known or well respected in order to support an argument
      Jiang invoked Deng’s name 58 times in his two-and-a-half-hour speech.
  2. 2
    to make someone feel a particular emotion or see a particular image in their minds
    Popular art invoked the image of a happy and contented family.
    The situation was invoking fears of another Vietnam-type entanglement.


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