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invoke

[in-vohk] /ɪnˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), invoked, invoking.
1.
to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for:
to invoke God's mercy.
2.
to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication.
3.
to declare to be binding or in effect:
to invoke the law; to invoke a veto.
4.
to appeal to, as for confirmation.
5.
to petition or call on for help or aid.
6.
to call forth or upon (a spirit) by incantation.
7.
to cause, call forth, or bring about.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin invocāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + vocāre to call, akin to vōx voice
Related forms
invocable, adjective
invoker, noun
reinvoke, verb (used with object), reinvoked, reinvoking.
uninvocable, adjective
uninvoked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for uninvocable

invoke

/ɪnˈvəʊk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to call upon (an agent, esp God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc
2.
to put (a law, penalty, etc) into use: the union invoked the dispute procedure
3.
to appeal to (an outside agent or authority) for confirmation, corroboration, etc
4.
to implore or beg (help, etc)
5.
to summon (a spirit, demon, etc); conjure up
Derived Forms
invocable, adjective
invoker, noun
Usage note
Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction
Word Origin
C15: from Latin invocāre to call upon, appeal to, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for uninvocable

invoke

v.

late 15c., from Middle French envoquer (12c.), from Latin invocare "call upon, implore," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + vocare "to call," related to vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (see voice (n.)). Related: Invoked; invoking.

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