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She invoked the Fifth Amendment as reason not to answer.
  to call upon

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The exact meaning of invoke is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "invoking God’s help"; or "invoking the spirit of the dead" — to call upon a great or magical power
  • "I invoke the First Amendment"; or "I invoke the words of Thomas Jefferson" — to cite or call upon for validation
  • "the program invokes the subroutine" — to call up a computer program
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  • She invoked the Fifth Amendment as reason not to answer.
  • Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other.
    Abraham Lincoln (Second Inaugural Address)
  • She invoked the National Emergency Act to support her actions.
  • He invoked Section 24 of the statute (law).

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  • Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • "She invoked Izzat," Mazen says.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And we can take no risks, especially since you invoked the name of Deedee.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • There is a part of books specifically designed for the very long and the very boring, and that part is called "The Appendix," which is precisely where one can find a semi-exhaustive explanation of the math invoked herein.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "Release the drones!" she roared in a voice meant to invoke and mock some witchy villain.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The room went dead quiet, people looking at Aunt Susie as if she’d invoked the name of some evil spirit.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • The State decided to invoke an unprecedented theory of "transferred intent" to make the crime eligible for the death penalty.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I began to chant, invoking my old powers as the god of plagues.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She frequently invoked King Jerrold.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • When the train pulls out of the station, one of these boys lights a match, invoking the wrath of Mr. Curran, who boxes him about the head and shouts, for the whole car to hear, that he’s a worthless good-for-nothing clod of dirt on God’s green earth and will never amount to anything.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • His very size invokes them all.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Invoking his state’s Revolutionary motto, Sic Semper Tyrannis, a young Virginia officer filled letters to his mother with comparisons of the North’s "war of subjugation against the South" to "England’s war upon the colonies."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The bush was full of spirits; in the bush hovered all the protecting presences of a man’s ancestors; and in this room all the spirits of those dead masks, the powers they invoked, all the religious dread of simple men, seemed to have been concentrated.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • He droned on insultingly, invoking Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dale Carnegie, Spinoza, Thomas Edison, Sigmund Freud.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He just had to invoke Adidas, the goddess of off-brand shoes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Some of us have found it interesting that many of the connections he invokes are dead.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Your father turned sixteen and invoked the Noncomplying Families Act to separate himself from his family.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Now someone is invoking his name "But who?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I only invoked what you already knew.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • I mean to teach them in these parts that law is law, and that there is a man here who does not fear to invoke it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Plaints made in common are almost prayers, and prayers where two or three are gathered together invoke the mercy of heaven.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Before the slavers could gather their senses, Eragon scrambled out of the commotion and raised his hands, invoking words in the ancient language.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • We women have something of the mother in us that makes us rise above smaller matters when the mother spirit is invoked.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favourable winds.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Everything was assumed to be possible for Napoleon, they expected him from every side, and invoked his terrible name to shatter each other’s proposals.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Yet, the Dean invoked an obscure rule that left expulsion on the table.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • It was Dinah’s mode of invoking the domestic Muses.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The fare was, indeed, coarse, such as the peasants of the country ate, but I will not doubt that it was set there by the spirits that I had invoked to aid me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Dumbledore invoked an ancient magic, to ensure the boy’s protection as long as he is in his relations’ care.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • My Lord, my Lord, you invoke in your defense things which accuse you more strongly.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Wherever there is a party, my presence is invoked.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I’d used that simple connection to invoke a spell and break the chains.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • On Saturday, October 21, they were set to face their toughest competition of the season—the Athens United Gold Valiants, a team that had not lost a game and that had put some teams away by scores that nearly invoked the league’s mercy rule.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • About HER I won’t speak; and I don’t desire to think; but I earnestly wish she were invisible: her presence invokes only maddening sensations.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • That means that Peter’s going to have to invoke his right to an attorney himself.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • When he encountered a wave of enemy resistance to this attack, he stuck to his position without regard for his safety or reputation and gallantly invoked the law of supply and demand.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They did not invoke in me thoughts of God, or sailing before the mast, or some great love as crowded night skies at home had done; I thought instead, in the light of those cold points, of the decision facing me.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The trench looked easy enough to jump, but I wasn’t anxious to do so because inside the room, the entire floor was carved with red hieroglyphs—all spells invoking the power of Isfet, chaos.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • She invoked the Sunday rule as soon as he returned from the skateboard park, and a family outing was launched.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • Therefore I obey none of its regulations, and I insist that you never invoke them in front of me!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • For by his side one goes whom all men else invoke as their defender, one so powerful- Pallas Athena; in thy tears she pitied thee and now hath sent me that I so assure thee.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The blessing was from a young child’s lips, but it was the first that Oliver had ever heard invoked upon his head; and through the struggles and sufferings, and troubles and changes, of his after life, he never once forgot it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • There were the regulars, like Ruth, and the Gilberts, but more and more the group was filled out by kids from the high school who, as time went by, knew only my name and even that only as a large dark rumor invoked as a warning to any student that might prove too much a loner.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • It was Jamis’ doing—he invoked the tahaddi al-burhan.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And the fetish most treasured by mothers, against dysentery, contains a particle of all the things invoked by the word nzolo: you must dig and dry the grub and potatoes, bind them with a thread from your wedding cloth, and have them blessed in a fire by the nganga doctor.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He invoked then the name of science.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
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Associated words [difficulty]:   invoke [2] , invocation [5]
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