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invoke (verb) mention a rule, law, theory, a person, etc., as a reason or in support of your actions or opinions; ask for the help of a god or people more powerful; make spirits appear by using magic.

You invoke a law or a theory in support of your actions; that is, you quote a law or a theory to justify your actions. The government may invoke an act against you if you violate any rule or law. That is, it uses the act to take action against you for the violation. When you pray for the help of a god or of a superior being, you invoke their help. Invoking God's blessings is quite common when you are about to begin a great enterprise. A magician or a witch invokes spirits when they use magic words and make spirits appear before us.

  • The US government invoked the provisions of the Drafting Act to take action against those who did not enroll themselves in the armed forces for the Vietnam war.
  • The researcher invoked the theses of several scholars in support of her theory. She quoted copiously from all their theses to prove her point.
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