V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to cite something as an authority in order to support an argument; 2. to use or apply something; 3. to request aid or protection, especially from a higher power
Synonyms: implement, refer to, cite, evoke, beg, summon, entreat, beseech, use, apply, conjure, initiate
Antonyms: reply, respond, offer
Tips: Invoke is derived from the Latin invocare, which means "call upon." When you invoke something, you have called on something for help or support. In law, one can invoke (cite) something, like a previous case, as support for the case at hand.
During his closing argument, the prosecutor invoked the testimony of the key witness as evidence to the defendant's guilt. (referred to, cited)
After his arrest, the man promptly invoked his right to an attorney. (implemented, used)
Many people invoke a higher power when they are frightened. (entreat, beseech, call on)
The witch cast a spell to invoke the spirit of her dead cat. (evoke, summon, conjure)
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