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

Other Words from revoke


revoker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for revoke

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was an accompanying online promotion, in which friends could revoke one another’s man cards. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 While users can revoke's access to their data, the software is required to keep it for years to guard against fraud, potentially putting people at risk of identity theft. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 31 Jan. 2022 If their not, the federal government can revoke a state's plan. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Arkansas’, which passed in 2021 despite being vetoed by the governor, would revoke the medical license of anyone practicing gender-affirming care and prohibit doctors from even referring patients for it. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2022 Their employer, who promised remote work, may later revoke this privilege. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Neither governments nor their citizens can afford to tolerate the revocation of a law (either its text or its operation) by officials not constitutionally authorized to revoke it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 Federal regulations dictate that the ATF can revoke a gun dealer’s license only if the seller willfully violates the law. Champe Barton, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 While theoretically anyone can get permission to use Copilot and GPT-3, OpenAI’s entire business model is deeply centralized, running through a Microsoft server with access that OpenAI can revoke at any instant. Clive Thompson, Wired, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Georgetown's Black Law Students' Association, in a letter published on Friday, demanded that the university revoke Shapiro's employment and condemn his statements. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2022 The Justice Department will take additional steps to crack down on gun trafficking and revoke licenses for gun dealers who willfully violate federal law. WSJ, 23 June 2021 First, revoke privileges upon user termination to make sure departing employees are no longer in the game. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The final release of Android 11 then delivered additional features related to Auto revoke permission. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Apr. 2021 This session may also see the state revoke riot immunity for police and restore voting rights to prisoners. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 26 Feb. 2021 The president has long demanded that Congress revoke Section 230, a liability waiver social media companies depend upon to allow relatively unfettered speech on their platforms. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 11 Jan. 2021 The most extreme end of the six steps could have the commission revoke PG&E’s operating license, and if that happens, the state of California may seize control of the company. J.d. Morris,, 25 Nov. 2020 On Monday, the acting head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (and Rick Bright's replacement), Gary Disbrow, requested that the FDA revoke the Emergency Use Authorization. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 June 2020 See More

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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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“Revoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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.


transitive verb
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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