Translation of invoke in Spanish:

invoke

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvəʊk/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (use as authority) [principle/precedent] invocar* 1.2 (call into use) [rule/law] invocar*, acogerse* a
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    • Back then the same arguments were used to invoke the people to vote, the same grim scenario of a hardliner-dominated regime who would stifle all the progress made were told and retold again and again.
    • Many of the lefty bloggers have lately been pursuing one of their persuasion's favourite follies: selecting a congenial conclusion and then invoking spurious science to support it.
    • The philosophy of ‘naturalism’ is imposed upon the evidence so that the authority of science is invoked for a secular view of the world.
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    • The only possible operation is to read data when Read-Only Mode is invoked.
    • Can I use a Java application instead of a JSP (JavaServer Page) to invoke a servlet on an application server?
    • This article describes the steps to change the default image editor application, which is invoked from the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
  • 2 (call up) [devil/spirits] invocar*, conjurar
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    • Aladdin's nemesis, Jafar, has long since been despatched to the after-life, but his evil sister Nasira has found a way to bring back the dastardly villain by invoking the ‘spell of restoration’.
    • A bearded sorcerer is busy invoking spirits with his incantation, his glazed eyes staring into the distance and all aglow in the dark.
    • Then a grand puja is performed invoking the spirit of Pancha Ganapati in the home.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.