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



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

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 Prosecutors have moved to revoke his bond in that case, and a judge agreed, issuing a new warrant for his arrest. Carol Robinson |, al, "20-year-old 2-time murder suspect nabbed by U.S. Marshals," 11 Sep. 2019 If any cases are found to be wrongly closed, they should be reopened for possible disciplinary action, including revoking medical licenses and referring the case to law enforcement, DeWine said. Jeremy Pelzer,, "Ohio State Medical Board should re-open 1,500 sex assault cases after ignoring Richard Strauss abuse report, Gov. Mike DeWine says," 30 Aug. 2019 The nursing home's license has since been revoked and the facility has been ordered to pay administrative fines and prosecutorial costs. Susan Scutti, CNN, "More arrests expected in 12 deaths at Florida nursing home, police say," 27 Aug. 2019 The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, created in 1990, is in charge of licensing facilities, conducting clinic inspections every two years, recommending changes, revoking licenses and setting standards for patient care. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Distraught parents want to corral 'Wild West' IVF field after 3 'mix-ups' in 2 months," 9 Aug. 2019 Tuesday, July 23 Male, 23, cited and released on suspicion of driving with a suspended/revoked license, failure to provide financial responsibility to a peace officer, and expired registration at 16th and Main streets. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: July 21-27," 29 July 2019 Hunt was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended or revoked, and resisting without violence. Tiffini Theisen,, "Florida scooter rider who ran from deputy into woods had meth, scale, cash: report," 23 July 2019 Those charges led authorities to revoke his parole and he was brought back to prison. Fox News, "Convicted pedophile charged in 1993 kidnapping, murder of 9-year-old Missouri girl," 6 June 2019 Nearly half of those employees had their access revoked after the auditors showed up to review the school districts, colleges or universities. Eve Rosen,, "Florida’s Auditor General focuses on student data protection," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of revoke was in the 14th century

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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 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

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revoker noun

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