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Syllabification: e·voke
Pronunciation: /əˈvōk

Definition of evoke in English:


[with object]
1Bring or recall to the conscious mind: the sight of American asters evokes pleasant memories of childhood
More example sentences
  • I really need to jog my memory to evoke images of the place.
  • Words are flashing in my mind, recollections of a time past, evoking specific feelings, recalling certain events, ones I do not wish to recollect.
  • What's to say there's not a homeless soul on a cold Dublin street who occasionally glances at a digital photo - using the memories evoked by the image to hold onto reality for yet another day.
1.1Elicit (a response): the awkward kid who evoked giggles from his sisters
More example sentences
  • Stress related factors might also influence interpretations of abuse, and evoke different responses in the victims of abuse.
  • In subjects with reduced androgen levels, stimuli that normally evoke a stress response are significantly less potent.
  • Stalking, once established as a social problem, evoked a rapid response from the criminal justice system.
2Invoke (a spirit or deity).
Example sentences
  • To evoke the Deities, raise the clasped hands to the center of the forehead.
  • Note that if you do choose to evoke the deity, you will enter a Gnostic trance and you may therefore forget what happened while you were under the trance.
  • Every year at Beltane the High Priestess evoked the goddess and all prayed to her for prosperous times in the coming harvest.


early 17th century (sense 2): from Latin evocare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of, from' + vocare 'to call'.



Pronunciation: /ˌēvōˈkāSHən, ˌevə-/
Example sentences
  • Despite its subtitle it is essentially a historical register of events, not (as its blurb suggests) an evocation.
  • I apologise for the pretentious writing on that last link but it does mention the evocation of memory and association which is what I am trying to get at here.
  • The historical interpretation of phenomena and the evocations of collective historical memory influence the manner in which violent events are generated, confronted, and understood.


Example sentences
  • We like certain old cars because we find them aesthetically satisfying and sometimes very beautiful, historically interesting and often powerful evokers of youthful passions.
  • Coleman notes the ‘ritualization’ of repetitive language in Wideman's black idiom and traces that use of language to ‘its nonlinear function as evoker of the timeless qualities and values of the black community’.

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