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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.


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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s to somebody

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

Narrower (hyponym)call on, plead, turn

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