Examples of invoke in a Sentence
- Nietzsche is so complex that he can be invoked in support of many outlooks, some of them brutal or nihilistic. —Thomas Nagel, New Republic, 14 Jan. 2002
- There are some people who commit murder as a way of invoking the death penalty. Capital punishment can sometimes, then, be equivalent to suicide. —George Freeman Solomon, People, 17 Jan. 1977
- We began poring over the typewritten recipes at the dining room table, where I foolishly invoked the name of Julia Child … —Gael Greene, New York, 13 Sept. 1971
He invoked the memory of his predecessor.
She invoked history to prove her point.
He invoked his Fifth Amendment privileges.
The suspect invoked his right to an attorney.
invoke the authority of the court
Recent Examples of invoke from the Web
On October 1, a referendum on Catalan independence—invoked by the Catalan parliament and condemned by the Spanish government—devolved into chaos and aggression.
The 14th Amendment, invoked 40 years ago by a female reporter, is at the core of things NFL players are protesting right now.
Trump has often invoked his memories of 9/11 to highlight his hometown's resilience and responders' bravery.
When developing the installation, TeamLab invoked traditional Zen gardens and stories, hoping to create a space where visitors feel at one with nature.
The independent, bipartisan agency authorized the use of trade barriers under a law last invoked in 2002 by the George W. Bush administration to protect U.S. steelmakers.
Roberts invoked the president’s name in fundraising emails and in TV commercials, and was likely to have tried to tie Smith to him.
Un-bloody-believable! — ap (@annanotherthng) October 23, 2017 Charlie Brown was invoked.
Only President Donald Trump can invoke a last-minute reason to block the release.
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Synonymsbeget, breed, bring, bring about, bring on, catalyze, cause, create, do, draw on, effectuate, engender, generate, induce, effect, make, occasion, produce, prompt, result (in), spawn, translate (into), work, yield
Related Wordsconduce (to), contribute (to); decide, determine; begin, establish, father, found, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, set, set up, start; advance, cultivate, develop, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote; enact, render, turn out
Near Antonymsimpede, limit, restrict; clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, dampen, put down, quash, quell, repress, smother, squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, control, curb, inhibit, rein (in), restrain, retard; can [slang], kill, snuff (out), still; abolish, demolish, destroy, extinguish, liquidate, quench
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Definition of invoke for Students
- invoke spirits
- She invoked the Sunday rule as soon as he returned from the skateboard park and a family outing was launched.
- —Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
Word Root of invoke
legal Definition of invoke
- invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege
- invoking economic sanctions
- regulations that invoke problems in enforcement
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