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


  • Rhymes: -əʊk
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪˈvəʊk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈvoʊk/
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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.

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