One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he invoked his statutory right to complain to the district auditor’
cite, refer to, adduce, instance
resort to, have recourse to, turn to, call into use, use, put into effect, put into use
2‘I closed my eyes and invoked the Madonna’
pray to, call on, appeal to, plead with, supplicate, entreat, solicit, beseech, beg, implore, importune, petition
call for, request
rare obtest, obsecrate, impetrate
3‘she was walking in a circle as though invoking the spirits of the place’
summon, call, call up, bring, conjure, conjure up
4‘middle-class moralities invoke peculiar anxieties’
bring forth, bring on, elicit, induce, cause, kindle, bring out
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