\ 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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 In the same way the Star Wars movies are designed to evoke old-school swashbuckling adventures, Fallen Order feels like it was built to be reminiscent of old-school, broad-appeal adventure games. Evan Lewis, EW.com, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," 15 Nov. 2019 The beauty of this film is that its subtle tone evokes the low-key elegance that became Margiela’s signature. Bronwyn Cosgrave, The Hollywood Reporter, "New Martin Margiela Documentary Chronicles Fashion's Most Elusive Designer," 15 Nov. 2019 But the space has to evoke feelings of positivity and calm. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Transform Your Home Into A Wellness Sanctuary With These Easy Tips," 31 Oct. 2019 Formerly home to Cafe Via, the space is tastefully designed by Kyle Evans to evoke a luxury yacht while the sheer, floor-to-ceiling white curtains enveloping the street-side dining area add a touch of romance. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "8 Detroit-area restaurants that have opened since August," 30 Oct. 2019 Never before, though, has the latter been so joyously indulged, or the bubblicious texture of late Clintonism been so lovingly evoked. New York Times, "Ben Lerner’s ‘The Topeka School’ Revisits the Debates of the ’90s," 3 Oct. 2019 More than The Rock, John Cena, or any other single character to appear during the show’s illustrious history, Austin defined the brand with attitude, edge and a deep emotion that is difficult for talent in the modern era to evoke. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Steve Austin Likes What Paul Heyman Has Done With ‘Raw’," 23 Sep. 2019 There are pundits and professional investors alike these days who evoke comparisons between today's economy and what began in the fall of 1929 prior to the onset of the Great Depression. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "What’s the Difference Between a Recession and a Depression? Here’s What History Tells Us," 22 Sep. 2019 For silver-salt-shaker fine dining, make a reservation at The Gilbert Scott, run by chef Marcus Wareing in St Pancras Station, where the 19th century dining room evokes the golden age of train travel. Vogue, "Where to Stay and Eat in London’s Renewed King’s Cross Neighborhood," 16 Sep. 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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20 Nov 2019

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“Evoke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evoked. Accessed 22 November 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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