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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city’s housing director would have the authority to revoke a registration permit. cleveland, "University Heights Council enthusiastic about proposed changes to home rental code," 6 Apr. 2021 On March 18, Hicks filed a formal appeal with City Manager Nikki Messenger, appealing the decision of Police Chief Gary Klopfenstein to revoke Hicks’ livestock permit and force her to get rid of the four chickens. Scott Carroll, oregonlive, "Former Oregon city official embroiled in dispute over therapy chickens," 2 Apr. 2021 Trans Day of Visibility this year comes amid a surge of legislative actions that seek to revoke access to health care resources, educational opportunities and protections for transgender individuals, particularly youth. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Special "Star Wars" comic cover celebrates Trans Day of Visibility by featuring trans non-binary Jedi," 31 Mar. 2021 Pipeline opponents put pressure on President Joe Biden to revoke a federal water permit for Line 3 after revoking the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that shut down construction on the project. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Need for disputed pipeline argued in Minnesota appeals court," 23 Mar. 2021 On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order to revoke the permit for the pipeline as part of a series of moves aimed at tackling climate change. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, "Texas, Montana Lead 21 GOP-Run States In Suing Biden Admin Over Keystone XL Suspension," 18 Mar. 2021 So far, more than 100,000 people have called on the president to revoke the water permit. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Scrapping Keystone XL pipeline makes Biden a tribal hero, but villain off reservation," 5 Feb. 2021 My app to see who can see your location at all times, and to revoke access if necessary. David Nield, Popular Science, "Here’s your checklist for maximum smartphone security," 21 Jan. 2021 Biden expects to immediately rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change, revoke a permit that former President Donald Trump granted to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic. Matt Egan, CNN, "From Keystone XL to Paris Agreement, Joe Biden signals a shift away from fossil fuels," 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This session may also see the state revoke riot immunity for police and restore voting rights to prisoners. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Republicans stage third walkout in Oregon Legislature, slam brakes on state aid," 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, "Trump said to plan defiant final week amid push for ouster," 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, SFChronicle.com, "California regulators: PG&E’s tree trimming falls short for fire safety," 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, "US FDA pulls its emergency approval of chloroquine use for COVID-19," 15 June 2020 This year, Team Telecom recommended that the FCC revoke China Telecom’s and China Unicom’s licenses to operate in the United States. David Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate panel faults oversight of Chinese telecom companies in US," 9 June 2020

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Revoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revoke. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for revoke

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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