invoke

01. The priest [invoked] a blessing for the sick child.
02. Too many people [invoke] a passage of the Bible to justify their intolerance of those who are different.
03. The old witch [invoked] the help of evil spirits to destroy her enemy.
04. By [invoking] a clause in the contract guaranteeing a fixed price, management was able to avoid paying for the increase in fuel costs.
05. All his life, he refused to believe in any religion, but on his deathbed he suddenly [invoked] God, and asked for forgiveness.
06. The village priests performed a sacred dance to [invoke] their gods in an effort to bring rain to their dry lands.
07. The police [invoked] a law against child abuse to arrest the man after he bought sex from a teenage prostitute.
08. I was able to find the missing files by [invoking] the search function.
09. The old woman [invoked] the aid of a stranger when her husband collapsed on the sidewalk.
10. Many different cultures, from ancient Egyptians to 20th-century Balkan, perform special ceremonial dances intended to [invoke] rain and bring about an abundant harvest.
11. The military leader [invoked] religious principles to justify his overtaking the government.
12. The old Indian chief had raised his hands to the sky, and was [invoking] the gods to come to his aid.
13. Gilbert Chesterton once joked, "Never [invoke] the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much."
14. In the Middle Ages, English soldiers believed that an army attacking a castle could [invoke] supernatural forces to their aid if they marched counter-clockwise around the castle walls.
15. Concerned citizens the world over are calling on the United Nations to [invoke] resolution 377A in order to bring an end to the war.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • invoke — in‧voke [ɪnˈvəʊk ǁ ˈvoʊk] verb [transitive] LAW to use a law, principle etc to support a view or decision: • The seller of the goods invoked an exclusion clause in the guarantee. * * * invoke UK US /ɪnˈvəʊk/ verb [T] FORMAL ► …   Financial and business terms

  • Invoke — In*voke , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invoked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Invoking}.] [F. invoquer, L. invocare; pref. in in, on + vocare to call, fr. vox voice. See {Voice}, and cf. {Invocate}.] To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invoke — in·voke /in vōk/ vt in·voked, in·vok·ing 1: to appeal to as furnishing authority or motive 2: to put into legal effect or call for the observance of: enforce invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege …   Law dictionary

  • invoke — [in vōk′] vt. invoked, invoking [ME invoken < MFr invoquer < L invocare < in , in, on + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. to call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc. 2. to resort to… …   English World dictionary

  • invoke — [v1] call upon adjure, appeal to, beg, beseech, call forth, conjure, crave, entreat, implore, importune, petition, plead, pray, request, send for, solicit, summon, supplicate; concept 48 invoke [v2] put into effect apply, call in, effect, enforce …   New thesaurus

  • invoke —   [engl.], aufrufen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • invoke — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. envoquer (12c.), from L. invocare call upon, implore, from in upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + vocare to call, related to vox (gen. vocis) voice (see VOICE (Cf. voice)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • invoke — ► VERB 1) appeal to as an authority or in support of an argument. 2) call on (a deity or spirit) in prayer or as a witness. 3) call earnestly for. 4) summon (a spirit) by charms or incantation. 5) give rise to; evoke. DERIVATIVES invoker noun …   English terms dictionary

  • invoke — invocable, adj. invoker, n. /in vohk /, v.t., invoked, invoking. 1. to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God s mercy. 2. to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication. 3. to declare to be… …   Universalium

  • invoke — UK [ɪnˈvəʊk] / US [ɪnˈvoʊk] verb [transitive] Word forms invoke : present tense I/you/we/they invoke he/she/it invokes present participle invoking past tense invoked past participle invoked formal 1) to use a law or rule in order to achieve… …   English dictionary

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