revoke

verb
re·​voke | \ ri-ˈvōk How to pronounce revoke (audio) \
revoked; revoking

Definition of revoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to annul by recalling or taking back : rescind revoke a will
2 : to bring or call back

intransitive verb

: to fail to follow suit when able in a card game in violation of the rules

revoke

noun

Definition of revoke (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of revoking in a card game

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Other Words from revoke

Verb

revoker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for revoke

Synonyms: Verb

abandon, abort, call, call off, cancel, cry off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, scrap, scrub

Antonyms: Verb

continue, keep

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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.

Examples of revoke in a Sentence

Verb

The judge revoked her driver's license. Their work permits were revoked. Their privileges were revoked after they misbehaved.
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Some smaller creators also had the privilege of running ads revoked altogether under YouTube's new policies. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "YouTube Will Help Creators Make Money With More Than Just Ads," 21 June 2018 Sure, Manafort having his bail revoked is not the presidency-ending conclusion for which some dedicated Mueller-watchers are eagerly waiting. Luke Darby, GQ, "Paul Manafort, the Campaign Manager Trump Barely Remembers, Is Headed to Jail," 15 June 2018 Of those 365 applicants, 291 later had their permits revoked. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How big is Adam Putnam's gun permit problem?," 11 June 2018 The order to revoke his license will be effective as of 5pm Pacific Time on December 21, 2018. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Doctor, once hired by clinic that sees Tesla workers, just lost his license," 11 Dec. 2018 If you’re caught driving while your license is revoked, your vehicle can be seized and sold by your county school board. Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018 President Donald Trump's former campaign chair was locked up at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in rural Warsaw on Friday, after a judge revoked his bail amid allegations of witness-tampering. NBC News, "Virginia jail boss says 'no special privileges' for Paul Manafort," 18 June 2018 The previous court ruling was vacated after the Department of Education revoked President Barack Obama's guidance that Title IX covered transgender people last year. CNN, "Court rules federal civil rights law protects transgender people," 22 May 2018 Matthew Heimbach has been sentenced to 38 days in jail after a Louisville judge revoked his probation. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Matthew Heimbach's probation revoked, sentenced to 38 days in jail," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of revoke

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revoke

Verb

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

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The first known use of revoke was in the 14th century

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revoke

verb

English Language Learners Definition of revoke

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

revoke

verb
re·​voke | \ ri-ˈvōk How to pronounce revoke (audio) \
revoked; revoking

Kids Definition of revoke

: to take away or cancel My driver's license was revoked.
re·​voke | \ ri-ˈvōk How to pronounce revoke (audio) \
revoked; revoking

Legal Definition of revoke

: 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

Other Words from revoke

revoker noun

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