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evoke

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verb \i-ˈvōk\

Simple Definition of evoke

  • : to bring (a memory, feeling, image, etc.) into the mind

  • : to cause (a particular reaction or response) to happen

Full Definition of evoke

evokedevok·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call forth or up: as a :  conjure 2a <evoke evil spirits> b :  to cite especially with approval or for support :  invoke c :  to bring to mind or recollection <this place evokes memories>

  3. 2 :  to re-create imaginatively

Examples of evoke

  1. The old house evoked memories of his childhood.

  2. His photographs evoke the isolation and solitude of the desert.



Origin of evoke

French évoquer, from Latin evocare, from e- + vocare to call — more at vocation


First Known Use: circa 1622

Synonym Discussion of evoke

educe, evoke, elicit, extract, extort mean to draw out something hidden, latent, or reserved. educe implies the bringing out of something potential or latent <educed order out of chaos>. evoke implies a strong stimulus that arouses an emotion or an interest or recalls an image or memory <a song that evokes warm memories>. elicit usually implies some effort or skill in drawing forth a response <careful questioning elicited the truth>. extract implies the use of force or pressure in obtaining answers or information <extracted a confession from him>. extort suggests a wringing or wresting from one who resists strongly <extorted their cooperation by threatening to inform>.



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