Simple Definition of evoke
: to bring (a memory, feeling, image, etc.) into the mind
: to cause (a particular reaction or response) to happen
Examples of evoke in a sentence
The old house evoked memories of his childhood.
His photographs evoke the isolation and solitude of the desert.
Origin and Etymology of evoke
French évoquer, from Latin evocare, from e- + vocare to call — more at vocation
First Known Use: circa 1622
Synonym Discussion of evoke
Rhymes with evoke
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EVOKE Defined for Kids
Definition of evoke for Students
: to bring to mind <The photos evoked memories of our trip.>
Word Root of evoke
The Latin word vox, meaning “voice,” and the related word vocāre, meaning “to call”, give us the root voc or vok. Words from the Latin vox or vocāre have something to do with the voice or with calling. Anything vocal is produced by the voice. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. To evoke is to call forth. To invoke is to call on for aid or protection. To provoke is to call forth another's anger. The word voice also has vox as its root.
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