\ i-ˈvōk How to pronounce evoke (audio) \
evoked; evoking

Definition of evoke

transitive verb

1 : to call forth or up: such as
a : to bring to mind or recollection this place evokes memories
b : to cite especially with approval or for support : invoke
c : conjure sense 2a evoke evil spirits
2 : to re-create imaginatively

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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

evoke or invoke?

Don’t feel bad if you have difficulty remembering the difference between evoke and invoke, as the words are quite similar in many ways and have considerable overlap in meaning. However, the words do differ, and you would not want to substitute one for the other. Invoke is used of putting into effect or calling upon such things as laws, authority, or privilege (“the principal invoked a rule forbidding students from asking questions”). Evoke is primarily used in the sense “to call forth or up” and is often found in connection with such things as memories, emotions, or sympathy.

Examples of evoke in a Sentence

The old house evoked memories of his childhood. His photographs evoke the isolation and solitude of the desert.
Recent Examples on the Web If scents evoke peace and calm, Nadel suggested incorporating diffusers with essential oils into your bedroom. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 Some of my favorite red-carpet looks from the actor evoke just that laissez-faire mood. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Koyolzinth’s photographs directly evoke Sky Woman, embodying her as a nude figure in rugged outdoor settings. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Archival photos and video are reframed with music and captions to evoke amusement and sympathy, like setting Ferdinand Sr. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 For the name of his new store, Coulombe landed on Trader Joe’s to evoke exotic images of the South Seas. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 7 May 2022 Symphony Hall’s exterior has been compared to an Italian Renaissance Church while another local hall with similar attributes has been said to evoke a New England barn. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 Sampson Park at Seneca Lake Resorts in the town of Romulus (one of the many whose names evoke Greek and Roman history) near Geneva hosts campers, cabin dwellers, and RV drivers. Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 The exhibit aims to evoke the time when the White House, during those brief Kennedy years, was made a museum and was transformed by the first lady into a house whose contents reflected the presidencies from 1789 forward. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of evoke

circa 1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for evoke

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

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24 May 2022

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“Evoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evoke. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ i-ˈvōk How to pronounce evoke (audio) \
evoked; evoking

Kids Definition of evoke

: to bring to mind The photos evoked memories of our trip.

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