Definition of revoke
- revoke a will
The judge revoked her driver's license.
Their work permits were revoked.
Their privileges were revoked after they misbehaved.
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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.
: to officially cancel the power or effect of (something, such as a law, license, agreement, etc.) : to make (something) not valid
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