Definitions of invoke

  1. To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore; as, to invoke the Supreme Being, or to invoke His and blessing. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To address in prayer or supplication; ask solemnly or earnestly (aid or protection). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To call upon earnestly or solemnly: to implore assistance: to address in prayer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To call upon or call for, as in prayer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To address in prayer; to call on for assistance and protection; to implore; to order. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To address in prayer; to call for with earnestness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for invoke

  1. We are the first to invoke experience in philosophy. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  2. He reflected, also, that The Hague was the august cradle of a new international law, and finally went so far as to invoke the argument that he would be giving pleasure to his mother. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France