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[ih-vohk] /ɪˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), evoked, evoking.
to call up or produce (memories, feelings, etc.):
to evoke a memory.
to elicit or draw forth:
His comment evoked protests from the shocked listeners.
to call up; cause to appear; summon:
to evoke a spirit from the dead.
to produce or suggest through artistry and imagination a vivid impression of reality:
a short passage that manages to evoke the smells, colors, sounds, and shapes of that metropolis.
1615-25; < Latin ēvocāre, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vocāre to call (akin to vōx voice)
Related forms
evoker, noun
unevoked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evoked
  • No doubt these fragments evoked the crumbled colossi of the ancient world.
  • Immune responses evoked by blood transfusion, when they occur, are usually humoral in nature.
  • The sense of danger evoked by traumatic memories is as real as the cortisol rush.
  • Superficial harm such as immersing the tail in hot water evoked fewer grimaces.
  • Every period in the speeches evoked a clatter of hands and feet.
  • We've never really done anything from a soundscape standpoint that evoked that feeling of rainy city streets.
  • Nor does the emotion thus evoked end in vague mystical exaltation.
  • The sudden irresistible outburst of laughter evoked by the tendency-wit rarely follows the wit without a tendency.
  • He contemplated a while the picture he had evoked, and seemed greatly pleased with it.
  • The novel's hallucinatory world is evoked through film projections, puppets and music.
British Dictionary definitions for evoked


verb (transitive)
to call or summon up (a memory, feeling, etc), esp from the past
to call forth or provoke; produce; elicit: his words evoked an angry reply
to cause (spirits) to appear; conjure up
Derived Forms
evocable (ˈɛvəkəbəl) adjective
evoker, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for evoked



1620s, from French évoquer or directly from Latin evocare "call out, rouse, summon" (see evocation). Often more or less with a sense of "calling spirits," or being called by them. Related: Evoked; evokes; evoking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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