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



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


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


The judge revoked her driver's license. Their work permits were revoked. Their privileges were revoked after they misbehaved.
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By the early part of this decade, the ACLU started to protest Myriad’s gene patent, and by 2013, the Supreme Court agreed and the patents were revoked. Faye Flam, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Corporations shouldn’t be able to patent your DNA," 16 June 2019 Over the past year, however, DACA recipients have worried that under President Donald Trump, the policy adopted in 2012 could be revoked without permanent action by Congress, which has not occurred. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Group marks 7th anniversary of DACA, urges DREAM Act passage," 15 June 2019 On March 4, the judge revoked his bail and ordered him back to jail. Mike Ehrmann/getty Images, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jury in Kellen Winslow II case convicts on charges of rape, indecent exposure; still deliberating on 8 counts," 10 June 2019 In the event the H-4 EAD is revoked, Indian women will get the shortest end of the stick. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "H-4 visa holders sue the US government for delaying their work applications," 10 June 2019 Prosecutors requested Brown’s bond be revoked and a hearing was set to be held on that request. Carol Robinson |,, "Suspect in Fairfield mall manager’s killing arrested after removing monitoring device, evading capture for 8 months," 6 June 2019 The next year, Monsanto’s permit to sell GM soy in Mexico was fully revoked. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 The Philadelphia Inquirerreported that Judge Steven O’Neill denied prosecutors’ request to revoke Cosby’s bail, allowing him to stay at home pending a sentencing hearing to determine his fate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What’s next for Bill Cosby?," 26 Apr. 2018 Forty-seven-year-old Simmons has been in jail since U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff revoked his bail for failure to comply with the conditions of his release. Michael Harriot, The Root, "DMX Plans to Get Out of Jail by Playing His Songs in Court," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of revoke


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


1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revoke


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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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


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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