invoke definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To turn to (a greater power) for help, help, or determination: "Stretching-out the woman fingers she had the air of a Greek lady who invoked a deity” ( Ford Madox Ford).
    • To appeal to or mention in help or reason.
    • To require earnestly; solicit: invoked the aid of a passing driver.
    • To summon with incantations; conjure.
    • To resort to; use or apply: "Shamelessly, he invokes coincidence to achieve ironic effect” ( Newsweek).
    • Computer Science To stimulate or start (an application, like).
    • To call on for aid or security; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to handle in prayer; to get or demand by invocation; to implore.
  • verb:
    • To call upon (an individual, particularly a god) for help, support or guidance.
    • To impress for validation to a (particularly cited) expert.
    • To conjure up with incantations.
    • to result in as an inevitable effect.
    • To obtain, petition for, appeal to a favorable mindset.
    • resulting in (an application or subroutine) to execute.
    • request earnestly (something from somebody); require aid or protection
    • summon into action or deliver into existence, usually like by miracle
    • cite as an expert; resort to
  • others:
    • to handle in supplication; turn to for defense or aid: as, to invoke the Supreme becoming; to invoke the Muses.
    • To call for with earnest desire; make supplication or prayer for: as, to invoke God's mercy.
    • in-law, to call for judicially: as, to invoke depositions or research.

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