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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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  • But prestige, again, is only recognizable by its capacity for evoking suggestion.
  • Some memories, particularly those evoking fear or pain, are best forgotten.
  • One of the challenges of biodiversity conservation is evoking a sense of place and an urgency of action to people.
  • One of the problems with evoking entropy into a definition of arrow of time is that the entropy of a sub system can be decreased.
  • Terrific piece, concisely evoking a specific time and place.
  • Restaurant names attract customers by evoking a sense of place or type of cuisine.
  • But there's much more than tonality that goes into evoking those moods.
  • Saying it aloud was a way of evoking the haunting and powerful presence that existed now only in memory.
  • He wrote about art beautifully, evoking the wit or malice of the people and mythological beasts portrayed.
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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