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
The scammer will often use Caller ID spoofing and pretend to be a government agency or law enforcement in order to invoke fear.
West Bromwich Albion could be set to invoke their supporters' wrath after only spending three hours of their warm weather training camp in Spain actually training.
The Times-Picayune have invoked city code while reiterating to members not to throw political beads.
And officials often invoke the war to explain away Lebanon's infrastructure failures, including the lack of round-the-clock electricity for most residents.
That said, New England’s defense isn’t going to invoke memories of the Steel Curtain or the 1985 Bears.
The clip is short, but the message of family and closeness is enough to invoke a tear from any viewer.
Baker's attorneys previously argued unsuccessfully that investigators failed to read him his rights or to tell him his attorney had invoked his right to silence.
But someone did use this opportunity to invoke the most iconic moment of the 2017 SAG awards.
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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.
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bring forth, give rise to;
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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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