Meaning of “invoke” in the English Dictionary

"invoke" in British English

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invokeverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈvəʊk/ us /ɪnˈvoʊk/ 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 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.

to make someone have a particular feeling or remember something

noun [ C or U ] uk /ˌɪn.vəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪn.vəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “invoke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invoke" in American English

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invokeverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈvoʊk/

invoke verb [ T ] (CALL FOR HELP)

to call on something or someone, esp. God, for help

invoke verb [ T ] (USE)

to cause something to be used; bring into effect:

Rather than answer the question, the witness invoked the Fifth Amendment against incriminating himself.

(Definition of “invoke” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"invoke" in Business English

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invokeverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈvəʊk/ us formal

to use something such as a law to help you when you want to do something:

Regulators said they would invoke legal powers to enforce the change.

IT to make a computer program start working:

invoke sth from sth You may have to invoke the program from the command line.

(Definition of “invoke” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)