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English verb: invoke

1. invoke (creation) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic


SamplesRaise the specter of unemployment.
He conjured wild birds in the air.
Call down the spirits from the mountain.


Synonymsarouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, put forward, raise, stir


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create, make


Narrower (hyponym)anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, bless, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict


Verb groupcall forth, evoke, kick up, provoke

2. invoke (communication) cite as an authority; resort to


SamplesHe invoked the law that would save him.
I appealed to the law of 1900.
She invoked an ancient law.


Synonymsappeal


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer

3. invoke (communication) request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection


SamplesAppeal to somebody for help.
Invoke God in times of trouble.


Synonymsappeal


Pattern of useSomething ----s to somebody


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Narrower (hyponym)call on, plead, turn









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