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evoke definition

Overview

This page has 3 definitions of evoke in English. Evoke is a verb. Examples of how to use evoke in a sentence are shown. Also define these 5 related words and terms: manifestation, mind, imagination, elicit, and 4-6-0.

English

Etymology

A borrowing from Latin ēvocō (to call out, summon) (possibly via French évoquer), from ex (out) and vocō (call). Akin to voice.

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Verb

evoke (third-person singular simple present evokes, present participle evoking, simple past and past participle evoked)

  1. To call out; to draw out or bring forth.
  2. To cause the manifestation of something (emotion, picture, etc.) in someone's mind or imagination.
    Being here evokes long forgotten memories.
    Seeing this happen equally evokes fear and anger in me.
    The book evokes a detailed and lively picture of what life was like in the 19th century.
    • Imagination definition
      The image-making power of the mind; the act of mentally creating or reproducing an object not previously perceived; the ability to create such images. (1 of 4 imagination definitions)
  3. To elicit a response.
    • 1960 February, R. C. Riley, “The London-Birmingham services - Past, Present and Future”, in Trains Illustrated, page 98:
      The outstanding train on the L.M.S. route was the 6.20 p.m. from Birmingham, which reached Euston in two hours after intermediate stops at Coventry, Rugby and Watford Junction, and evoked some sparkling performances from "Patriot" and "Jubilee" 4-6-0s.

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