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revoke

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verb re·voke \ri-ˈvōk\

Simple Definition of revoke

  • : to officially cancel the power or effect of (something, such as a law, license, agreement, etc.) : to make (something) not valid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of revoke

revoked

revoking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to annul by recalling or taking back :  rescind <revoke a will>

  3. 2 :  to bring or call back

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to fail to follow suit when able in a card game in violation of the rules

revoker

noun

Examples of revoke in a sentence

  1. The judge revoked her driver's license.

  2. Their work permits were revoked.

  3. Their privileges were revoked after they misbehaved.



Did You Know?

Since vocare means "to call" in Latin, to revoke is to "call back". Your driver's license could be revoked after about three convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol; some people's licenses are even revoked for life. You could get your passport revoked if a judge thought you had violated the terms of your bail and suspected you might skip the country. And if you're out of prison on probation and violate the terms of probation, it will probably be revoked and you'll end up back in the slammer.

Origin and Etymology of revoke

Middle English, from Anglo-French revocer, revoquer, from Latin revocare, from re- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice


First Known Use: 14th century


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revoke

noun re·voke

Definition of revoke

  1. :  an act or instance of revoking in a card game



1709

First Known Use of revoke

1709


REVOKE Defined for Kids

revoke

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verb re·voke \ri-ˈvōk\

Definition of revoke for Students

revoked

revoking

  1. :  to take away or cancel <My driver's license was revoked.>




Law Dictionary

revoke

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transitive verb re·voke \ri-ˈvōk\

Legal Definition of revoke

revoked

revoking

  1. :  to annul by recalling or taking back: as a :  to destroy the effectiveness of (one's will) by executing another or by an act of destruction (as tearing in half) b :  to put an end to (a trust) c :  to withdraw (an offer) especially before acceptance d :  to withdraw (acceptance of goods) by refusing to keep goods because of nonconformity — see also rejection e :  to take back (as a license or a grant of parole or probation) especially because of misconduct

revoker

noun




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