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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Police eventually declared the gathering a riot, revoked Gibson's permit, and ordered protesters to disperse. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Clash between Patriot Prayer, Antifa members prompts police crackdown," 1 July 2018 The order formally revokes the 2010 oceans policy issued by then-President Barack Obama, and replaces it with a markedly different template for what the government should focus on in managing the nation’s oceans, coastal waters, and Great Lakes. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: tanked alcohol trial, Aztec human sacrifice, and speedy gene construction," 22 June 2018 Then revoke that presidential permit and let the grand new span be American, let those jobs be for Americans, let that steel be strong American steel. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Moroun TV ad asks Trump to pick America, reject Gordie Howe bridge," 20 June 2018 The state ultimately revoked 291 permits and fired an employee. Anthony Man,, "Poll shows Adam Putnam leading Ron DeSantis, but many Republicans still undecided for governor," 12 June 2018 Following his conviction, authorities revoked Torres’ bond and scheduled a hearing next month where post-trial motions, and possibly his sentencing may take place, according to court records. William Lee,, "Man convicted in 2013 Little Village slaying during violent Father's Day weekend," 11 June 2018 The state ultimately revoked 291 permits and fired an employee who was blamed for the lapse. Gary Fineout,, "Florida failed to do gun permit checks for more than a year," 9 June 2018 The state ultimately revoked 291 permits and fired an employee blamed for the lapse after an inspector general's report detailing the problem was sent in June 2017 to top officials in the department who oversee the program. CBS News, "Report reveals Florida stopped doing gun permit checks for more than a year," 9 June 2018 Zion police also made one DUI arrest, six arrests for driving while license suspended or revoked, and one drug arrest. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Hundreds of people cited for distracted driving across Lake County during statewide campaign," 7 May 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

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revoker noun

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