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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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 The Palestinians say their actions are aided at pressuring Israel into revoking its ban, while Israel says normal trade will be restored the moment the Palestinian reverse the cattle ban that started the crisis in the first place. Washington Post, "Israel blocks Palestinian exports in escalating trade crisis," 9 Feb. 2020 Assembly Bill 805 would require the Department of Corrections to recommend revoking extended supervision, probation and parole for those who are charged with committing crimes while on court supervision. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some Wisconsin Republicans want to crack down on crime, but their plans would cost millions of dollars," 30 Jan. 2020 Becker argued that the court doesn’t have authority to do anything but revoke the permit if that’s the case. oregonlive, "Environmental advocacy groups urge federal judge to revoke grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc.," 19 Dec. 2019 Georgetown declined to comment about any possible disciplinary action to the AP on Monday but said that the school can revoke degrees in cases of major misconduct. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "New parent charged in college cheating case, agrees to plead guilty," 11 Dec. 2019 Despite recent bipartisan complaints, revoking Section 230 still appears to be an unlikely and unpopular move. Claude Thompson, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden's internet-breaking idea," 23 Jan. 2020 This includes revoking Jammu & Kashmir’s autonomous status by abolishing Article 370 of the Indian constitution and the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which is widely perceived to be discriminatory. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "India drops 10 places in The Economist’s democracy rankings over Kashmir and citizenship law," 22 Jan. 2020 The Union of Concerned Scientists joined a federal court fight to try to stop the administration from revoking California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Toyota sided with Trump in California fight. Will it pay a higher price than others?," 22 Jan. 2020 The group sought commitments on issues facing Native Americans, from addressing a crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women to revoking the military honors given to American soldiers who participated in the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Buckle up for the Senate impeachment trial," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Revoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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