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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And with this new memo, the Trump administration seeks not only to revoke protections for trans and nonbinary students, but also to write all trans, nonbinary, and nonbinary trans folks out of existence. Sage Grace Dolan-sandrino, Teen Vogue, "I'm a Trans Student, and the Trump Administration Memo Won't Erase Me," 23 Oct. 2018 On Wednesday, Monica Lewinsky tweeted about a magazine that invited her to at an event — only to revoke her invitation after learning that former president Bill Clinton would be present. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Monica Lewinsky Reveals What Happened With the Town & Country Disinvitation Scandal," 11 May 2018 Around this same time last year, she and several white nationalists including Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler had their Twitter verification checkmark revoked. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Far-right activist Laura Loomer has handcuffed herself to Twitter’s NYC headquarters," 29 Nov. 2018 Privacy - Terms Her ruling came down Wednesday, the same day Piercy appeared before the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, who is deciding whether the former trooper's peace officer license should be revoked. Laura Bauer And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Trooper in Lake of the Ozarks drowning death should not have been fired, judge rules," 27 June 2018 Giuliani was responding specifically to Manafort's bail being revoked, but there's speculation that pardon-happy Trump might be trying to signal to potential witnesses in the Mueller probe not to turn on him. Luke Darby, GQ, "Even Randos on the Street Know Michael Cohen's in Trouble," 16 June 2018 Louisville Courier Journal Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Dr. Bates' license could be restricted or suspended in addition to being revoked if the board decides to take action against her. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 They are allowed to remain open while their licenses are in the process of being revoked, the spokeswoman added. Evan Macdonald,, "Cuyahoga County makes changes to Children and Family Services after Aniya Day-Garrett's death," 15 May 2018 Her story resonates with the thousands of Americans who each year fall victim to rescission, the practice of revoking insurance. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 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

: 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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