invoke invoke  /ɪn ˈvoʊk/


  1. (v) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
  2. (v) cite as an authority; resort to
  3. (v) request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection


  1. Disrupters at abortion clinics frequently invoke the First Amendment.
  2. To discuss comic actresses is to invoke some sacred names from Hollywood's golden age.
  3. Thus they will invoke his name to legitimize their rule, and adroitly select from his speeches and writings to justify the existing social order.


  1. AHF: Porn Industry Says Condoms Limited Spread of Latest Adult Film HIV Infection

    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AHF: Porn Industry Says Condoms Limited Spread of Latest Adult Film HIV Infection--“The porn industry can’t have it both ways,” says AHF’s Michael Weinstein. “They can’t oppose--and invoke--condoms"
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Business Wire

  2. Doug Paisley Stays Up All Night for October Album

    All-nighters tend to invoke memories of early morning pizza runs and passing out in college textbooks. But Canadian singer-songwriter Doug Paisley wasn't procrastinating when he recently pulled one to record his as-yet-untitled third studio full-length...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Spin

  3. Wineries for Marriage Equality

    Wineries are coming up with new wines with names that invoke support for marriage equality. Edge Boston reports: One of the barrier-breakers is Same Sex Meritage, a red blend that sends its message on the bottle and at the cash register - $1 for every bottle sold is donated to the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Gayapolis


  1. President Bush said, "In a world where some invoke the name of God to justify acts of terror and murder and hate, we need your message that God is love."
    on Apr 16, 2008 By: President Bush Source: News 10 Now

  2. Monica Goodling, who was involved in the firings, said: "I have decided to follow my lawyer's advice and respectfully invoke my constitutional right because the ...... circumstances present a perilous environment in which to testify."
    on Mar 26, 2007 By: Monica Goodling Source: Washington Post

  3. Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, said this clause was a "piece of boilerplate that is passed around the corporate lawyers like a Christmas fruitcake. The idea that they would ever invoke it and...
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Jonathan Zittrain Source: Washington Post

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