Associations to the word «Invoke»


INVOKE, verb. (transitive) To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.
INVOKE, verb. (transitive) To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.
INVOKE, verb. (transitive) To conjure up with incantations.
INVOKE, verb. (transitive) To bring about as an inevitable consequence.
INVOKE, verb. (transitive) To solicit, petition for, appeal to a favorable attitude.
INVOKE, verb. (transitive) (computing) To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.

Dictionary definition

INVOKE, verb. Summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain".
INVOKE, verb. Cite as an authority; resort to; "He invoked the law that would save him"; "I appealed to the law of 1900"; "She invoked an ancient law".
INVOKE, verb. Request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble".

Wise words

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