from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration: "Stretching out her hands she had the air of a Greek woman who invoked a deity” ( Ford Madox Ford).
- transitive v. To appeal to or cite in support or justification.
- transitive v. To call for earnestly; solicit: invoked the help of a passing motorist.
- transitive v. To summon with incantations; conjure.
- transitive v. To resort to; use or apply: "Shamelessly, he invokes coincidence to achieve ironic effect” ( Newsweek).
- transitive v. Computer Science To activate or start (a program, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.
- v. To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.
- v. To conjure up with incantations.
- v. To bring about as an inevitable consequence.
- v. To solicit, petition for, appeal to a favorable attitude.
- v. To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To address in supplication; call on for protection or aid: as, to invoke the Supreme Being; to invoke the Muses.
- To call for with earnest desire; make supplication or prayer for: as, to invoke God's mercy.
- In law, to call for judicially: as, to invoke depositions or evidence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
- v. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
- v. cite as an authority; resort to
Middle English envoken, from Old French invoquer, from Latin invocāre : in-, in; + vocāre, to call.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English invoken, from Middle French invoquer (=modern French), from Latin invocare ("to call upon"), itself from in- + vocare 'to call' (Wiktionary)