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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.
Origin of evoke
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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  • It illuminated the dull water-meadows, evoking colour—iridescent, opaline tints—where colour had ceased to be.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • And the Emperor Nicholas was conscious of evoking this rapture and deliberately aroused it.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • You declared that nothing exists except through an evoking will.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • I felt that I was not evoking much sympathy for my messmate, and I changed my attack.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • But the voice is not usually in itself an adequate or powerful method of evoking sexual emotion in a man.

British Dictionary definitions for evoking


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 evoking



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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