In·voke v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invoked p. pr. & vb. n. Invoking.] To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore; as, to invoke the Supreme Being, or to invoke His and blessing.
Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, . . .
Invoke his warlike spirit. --Shak.
v 1: evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the
specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the
air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from
the mountain" [syn: raise, conjure, conjure up, evoke,
stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward,
2: cite as an authority; resort to; "He invoked the law that
would save him"; "I appealed to the law of 1900"; "She
invoked an ancient law" [syn: appeal]
3: request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or
protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in
times of trouble" [syn: appeal]