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Meaning of “invoke” in the English Dictionary

"invoke" in British English

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invokeverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈvəʊk/  us   /-ˈvoʊk/ formal
to use a ​law in ​order to ​achieve something, or to ​mention something in ​order to ​explain something or to ​supportyouropinion or ​action: Police can invoke the ​law to ​regulateaccess to these ​places. to ​requesthelp from someone, ​especially a ​god, when you ​want to ​improve a ​situation: Their ​sacreddance is ​performed to invoke ​ancientgods. to make someone have a ​particularfeeling or ​remember something
invocation
noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˌɪn.vəˈkeɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of invoke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)

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invokeverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈvəʊk/ formal
to use something such as a ​law to ​help you when you want to do something: Regulators said they would invoke ​legalpowers to ​enforce the ​change.
IT to make a ​computerprogramstartworking: invoke sth from sth You may have to invoke the ​program from the ​commandline.
(Definition of invoke from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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