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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According to authorities, Lolley was charged with fleeing to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Florida police chase leaves 2 in custody; cops seize drugs, loaded gun and 'sweet puppy'," 6 Sep. 2018 Duran faces charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor or drugs, first offense, with BAC of 0.15 or greater with a child under the age of 13, and driving with a suspended, revoked, or canceled license, the statement said. Travis Andersen,, "R.I. woman charged with drunken driving after van with 5 children slams into truck," 12 July 2018 Restaurants would be required to post notice at their main entrance if their license has been suspended or revoked. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Proposed Changes To Streamline West Hartford's Entertainment, Food Truck Ordinances Go To Public Hearing Tuesday," 12 July 2018 In a study released in September, the justice center estimated that 4.2 million people then had suspended or revoked licenses for unpaid court debt in five states alone: Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. Washington Post, "Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt," 4 July 2018 After a third offense, the landlord’s rental license can be suspended or revoked. Libby Solomon,, "Two years after social host ordinance, complaints of off-campus parties near Towson University plummet," 2 July 2018 Welch is facing a felony count of operating an automobile while his driver's license was suspended or revoked causing death — this carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Wzzm, Detroit Free Press, "Driver accused of 6-year-old girl's fatal hit-and-run doesn't have license," 11 June 2018 Antioch made six arrests for people operating a vehicle while their license was suspended or revoked, Guttschow said. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Hundreds of people cited for distracted driving across Lake County during statewide campaign," 7 May 2018 Male, 38, cited and released on suspicion of driving while license was suspended or revoked, 22100 block Chuck Wagon Road. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff's Reports: April 15-23," 25 Apr. 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

formal : 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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