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English definition of “invoke”

invoke

verb [T]     /ɪnˈvəʊk/ US  /-ˈvoʊk/ formal
to use a law in order to achieve something, or to mention something in order to explain something or to support your opinion or action : Police can invoke the law of trespass to regulate access to these places . to request help from someone, especially a god , when you want to improve a situation : Their sacred dance is performed to invoke ancient gods .Making appeals and requests to make someone have a particular feeling or remember somethingInspiring feelings in others invocation     /ˌɪn.vəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U]
(Definition of invoke verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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