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verb [transitive] formal invoke pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvəʊk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinvoke
he/she/itinvokes
present participleinvoking
past tenseinvoked
past participleinvoked
  1. 1
    to use a law or rule in order to achieve something
    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. 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.
  3. 3
    to ask for help from someone who is stronger or more powerful, especially a god
    prayers invoking divine protection
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