evoke

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verb \i-ˈvōk\

Definition of evoke

evoked

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evoking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call forth or up: such asa :  conjure 2a evoke evil spiritsb :  to cite especially with approval or for support :  invokec :  to bring to mind or recollection this place evokes memories

  3. 2 :  to re-create imaginatively

Examples of evoke in a sentence

  1. The old house evoked memories of his childhood.

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

Origin and Etymology 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.


EVOKE Defined for English Language Learners

evoke

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verb \i-ˈvōk\

Definition of evoke for English Language Learners

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

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


EVOKE Defined for Kids

evoke

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verb \i-ˈvōk\

Definition of evoke for Students

evoked

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evoking

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

Word Root of evoke

The Latin word vox, meaning “voice,” and the related word vocāre, meaning “to call”, give us the root voc or vok. Words from the Latin vox or vocāre have something to do with the voice or with calling. Anything vocal is produced by the voice. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. To evoke is to call forth. To invoke is to call on for aid or protection. To provoke is to call forth another's anger. The word voice also has vox as its root.



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