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verb as in call upon

verb as in put into effect

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He invoked his trustworthiness as a pastor, narrated facts about the vaccine over the nursing home’s public announcement system and reminded staff that nothing had happened to him or the others who had been vaccinated.

Yet our country has failed to invoke the Defense Production Act to produce enough masks for health-care workers and other essential workers.

O’Connell is fond of invoking instincts in explaining how rituals unfold.

If the case were moved to arbitration, the company could invoke immunity there as well, experts say.

In his victory speech, Warnock, 51, invoked Georgia’s history of racial oppression and voter suppression by hailing his vote from his mother.

Before you invoke images of a nation enjoying more indolence than industry, there is an uncomfortable statistic to digest.

Alas, I must invoke Marx, because it is a question of limited resources.

Do I, a law professor, get to invoke the privilege when I write a piece for The Daily Beast?

Does a personal blogger writing on Facebook get to invoke the privilege?

Perhaps; but why do these films invoke Greek history at all, if they aim only at visual fantasy?

I round the threshold wandering here,Vainly the tempest and the rain invoke,That they may keep my lady prisoner.

How far off and faint seem the years of that dead crime my brother would invoke for the punishment of this sweet soul!

Dan waited for him to invoke deity with the asthmatic wheeziness to which mirth reduced his vocal apparatus.

Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invoke his aid against the other.

But what liberty can he invoke—he who has disavowed and injured all liberties?


On this page you'll find 54 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to invoke, such as: appeal to, conjure, adjure, beg, beseech, and crave.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.