Expression.Invoke Method (Expression, IEnumerable(Of Expression))


Creates an InvocationExpression that applies a delegate or lambda expression to a list of argument expressions.

Namespace:   System.Linq.Expressions
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

Public Shared Function Invoke (
	expression As Expression,
	arguments As IEnumerable(Of Expression)
) As InvocationExpression


Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression

An Expression that represents the delegate or lambda expression to be applied to.

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable(Of Expression)

An IEnumerable(Of T) that contains Expression objects that represent the arguments that the delegate or lambda expression is applied to.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.Expressions.InvocationExpression

An InvocationExpression that applies the specified delegate or lambda expression to the provided arguments.

Exception Condition

expression is null.


expression.Type does not represent a delegate type or an Expression(Of TDelegate).


The Type property of an element of arguments is not assignable to the type of the corresponding parameter of the delegate represented by expression.


arguments does not contain the same number of elements as the list of parameters for the delegate represented by expression.

The Type property of the resulting InvocationExpression represents the return type of the delegate that is represented by expression.Type.

The Arguments property of the resulting InvocationExpression is empty if arguments is null. Otherwise, it contains the same elements as arguments except that some of these Expression objects may be quoted.


An element will be quoted only if the corresponding parameter of the delegate represented by expression is of type Expression. Quoting means the element is wrapped in a Quote node. The resulting node is a UnaryExpression whose Operand property is the element of arguments.

The following example demonstrates how to use the Invoke(Expression, Expression()) method to create an InvocationExpression that represents the invocation of a lambda expression with specified arguments.

Dim largeSumTest As System.Linq.Expressions.Expression(Of System.Func(Of Integer, Integer, Boolean)) = _
    Function(num1, num2) (num1 + num2) > 1000

' Create an InvocationExpression that represents applying
' the arguments '539' and '281' to the lambda expression 'largeSumTest'.
Dim invocationExpression As System.Linq.Expressions.InvocationExpression = _
    System.Linq.Expressions.Expression.Invoke( _
        largeSumTest, _
        System.Linq.Expressions.Expression.Constant(539), _


' This code produces the following output:
' Invoke((num1, num2) => ((num1 + num2) > 1000),539,281)

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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