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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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  • Yet this realist evokes only harrowing thoughts, never disagreeable images.
  • Gravel raked in swirls around boulders evokes the feeling of water.
  • In plain language: the previously unremarkable mugger's face now evokes terror.
  • The sound of my first language is still the one that evokes the warmest feelings.
  • It evokes a world in peril entirely caused by human activities.
  • Artwork that speaks, evokes, and moves the scientifically literate.
  • The space evokes a kind of anything-goes, start-up vibe.
  • It evokes playfulness tinged with tragedy: a toy shop and a columbarium.
  • But there is still much to see that evokes the city's former splendor.
  • If her tone evokes a children's story, that may be apt.
British Dictionary definitions for evokes


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 evokes



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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