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verb [transitive] formal American English pronunciation: invoke /ɪnˈvoʊk/ 
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present tense
present participleinvoking
past tenseinvoked
past participleinvoked
  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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