\ 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 The decision has evoked strong feelings from blacks and others outraged the county would allow a Confederate statue to be housed in a county building and from backers of the plan who say foes just want to censor history. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake moves forward with Groveland Four monument, plans further displays of black history, civil rights," 16 Sep. 2019 In his review in The Journal and Constitution, Bob Summer wrote that Ms. Siddons had evoked the city as well as Margaret Mitchell had. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Anne Rivers Siddons, Novelist Whose Muse Was the New South, Dies at 83," 13 Sep. 2019 And the holidays of the Jewish year evoke the picture of God’s love for us. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "To what can the love between God and His people be compared?," 9 Sep. 2019 If anything, his name evokes a deep contempt from a significant section of the population which does not approve of his long-time pro-India stance. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "With Kashmir’s autonomy gone, its pro-India political parties have lost all credibility," 27 Aug. 2019 Her right hand rests on her knee and her fingers evoke a dancer’s enviable combination of strength and grace. Anne Showalter, Smithsonian, "The Fierce Pride and Passion of Rhinestone Fashion," 9 Aug. 2019 Jamaica’s new circular complex evokes an athletics stadium—a note of prestige in a sport-mad country. The Economist, "Parliaments get facelifts; but it is politics that really needs one," 27 July 2019 Reuel believes that each piece evokes a feeling of sophistication and a sense of connection and community. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "DEMESTIK Brightened Up The Runway At Essence Fashion House," 7 July 2019 Summer of 69, by Elin Hilderbrand Ideal to tuck into a beach tote, Hilderbrand’s nostalgic novel evokes 1969 Nantucket, where the Levins annually spend the summer in a historic family home. National Geographic, "12 travel books you won’t be able to put down this summer," 28 June 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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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of evoke was circa 1622

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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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