\ 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 Employees of a company that makes moringa chips wore laurel wreath crowns meant to evoke their product. Wired, "Even in an Existential Crisis, WeWork Continues to Grow," 7 Nov. 2019 The premiere was the finale of an appealing program which, according to quartet violinist Clara Lyon, was meant to evoke the experience of looking up at the night sky, studded with a range of disparate stars. Washington Post, "Whistles, rumbles, bleeps: New Icelandic music sounds like no string quartet you’ve ever heard," 30 Oct. 2019 Gregory also designed the linear light fixture over the table, meant to evoke a paper lantern. BostonGlobe.com, "Designing a kitchen where it’s easy for family to come together," 12 Oct. 2019 Related Stories Its neighbor to the north is more dramatic: a residential tower by the Dutch firm MVRDV, that would rise from a six-story base sliced by passageways meant to evoke a canyon. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Waterfront towers are coming to Mission Rock. They won’t look like you’d expect," 12 Oct. 2019 Based on Allison Jean's favorite photo of her son, the portrait is meant to evoke his warm and generous spirit. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Botham Jean's former workplace is honoring him with a portrait and a room named after him," 4 Oct. 2019 The family photos are meant to evoke coziness (albeit of a kind more noble than Netflix and ice cream) to remind visitors that this is a living, breathing home. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019 Low yellow- and orange-tiled tables by the midcentury French ceramics master Roger Capron are meant to evoke brightly colored sand pails and shovels. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Miami Beach Getaway Mixes Modern and Pop Sensibilities to Create a Happy Space," 16 Sep. 2019 The lime was meant to evoke Lyme disease, which is the third most common infectious disease in America (first and second place: chlamydia and gonorrhea). Micah Hauser, The New Yorker, "Tickbusters on the Lookout for Lyme," 22 July 2019

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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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The first known use of evoke was circa 1622

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4 Dec 2019

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“Evoke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evoke?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=evoke001. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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How to pronounce evoke (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of evoke

: to bring (a memory, feeling, image, etc.) into the mind
: to cause (a particular reaction or response) to happen


\ 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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