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invoke (v.)

late 15c., from Old French invoquer, envoquer, envochier "invoke, implore" (12c.), from Latin invocare "call upon, implore," from in- "upon" (from PIE root *en "in") + vocare "to call," which is related to vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak"). Related: Invoked; invoking.

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Definitions of invoke from WordNet

invoke (v.)
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic;
Synonyms: raise / conjure / conjure up / evoke / stir / call down / arouse / bring up / put forward / call forth
invoke (v.)
cite as an authority; resort to;
She invoked an ancient law
He invoked the law that would save him
Synonyms: appeal
invoke (v.)
request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection;
Synonyms: appeal
From wordnet.princeton.edu