re·​voke | \ri-ˈvōk \
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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To assist in that review, Ellis ordered Manafort moved Tuesday from a jail cell in Warsaw, Va., where he has been held since his bail was revoked last month, to the Alexandria Detention Center to be closer to his attorneys. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Manafort trial judge seeks government response to venue change, delay requests," 10 July 2018 The following year, his probation was revoked after he was pulled over for second-offense drunken driving. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft," 2 July 2018 It was revoked 15 years later when, at a time of tightening finances, retiring employees were raking in tens of thousands of dollars for sick days left on the books. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Disgraced ex-Madigan aide to collect $130K," 26 June 2018 It was revoked 15 years later when, at a time of tightening finances, retiring employees were raking in tens of thousands of dollars for sick days left on the books. John O'connor,, "Ex-Madigan aide who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations to collect $130K for unused vacation, sick time," 26 June 2018 According to the arrest report, Saint Dic’s driver’s license had been revoked after a previous arrest on charges of fleeing and eluding a police officer. Marc Freeman,, "Double vehicular homicide trial delayed for Porsche driver," 25 June 2018 In all, two concealed weapons permits and one armed security guard license were revoked, according to department spokeswoman Jennifer Meale. Brendan Farrington,, "Florida concealed weapons permits: 2012 probe found more state agency errors," 3 July 2018 Oxfam's right to operate in Haiti had already been revoked in February following allegations that staff members, including the country director, hired prostitutes at Oxfam properties while working in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Haiti bans Oxfam GB over sexual misconduct scandal," 14 June 2018 However, in light of the approval from Saudi Arabia the film has been resubmitted in Kuwait in the hope the initial decision will be revoked. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Controversial Prophet Muhammad Film 'The Message' to Become First Arab Title to Get Saudi Release," 11 June 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

: 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 \
revoked; revoking

Kids Definition of revoke

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

re·​voke | \ri-ˈvōk \
revoked; revoking

Legal Definition of revoke 

: to annul by recalling or taking back: as

a : to destroy the effectiveness of (oneʼs 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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playful or foolish behavior

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