September 16, 2017
evoke (verb)
\ih-VOHK\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to call forth or up : summon
How do you use it?
"She spoke half in Eskimo and half in English, as if the instincts of her father and the science of the gussaks, the white-faced, might evoke some magical combination that would help her get her message through to the wolf." (Jean Craighead George, _Julie of the Wolves_)
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Using a word like "evoke" in your writing is likely to call forth an enthusiastic response from your teachers. But let's make sure you've got it right. In which of the sentences below is "evoke" used correctly?

"Evoke" is from the Latin verb "evocare," which means "to call forth." The Latin word, in turn, comes from "vocare," meaning "to call." In addition to the "call forth" sense, "evoke" can mean "to recreate something with imagination." If "evoke" isn't quite the word you're looking for, try one of these synonyms, all of which start with "e": "elicit" (to draw out), "educe" (to draw forth or bring out), or "extract" (to get out by using force or pressure).
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