revoke

verb
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

revoke

noun

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

Verb

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 Within hours, it had been shared to Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter, where furious calls mounted for the University of Tennessee to revoke its admission offer. New York Times, "A Racial Slur, a Viral Video, and a Reckoning," 26 Dec. 2020 In July, parliament’s upper house added an amendment to a trade bill to revoke or prevent deals with states preliminarily deemed by the UK High Court to be committing genocide. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "UK-China relations imploded in 2020—and things could get worse," 23 Dec. 2020 Another family-violence assault charge stemming from a July 2017 incident led authorities to move to revoke Harris’ probation. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man accused in spree of 4 killings has history of domestic violence, court records show," 25 Nov. 2020 Even during the 2016 campaign, when Trump was threatening to revoke many environmental policies and withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the only climate-change question was asked by an undecided voter, Ken Bone. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Trump Bragged About His Biggest Climate Failure," 30 Sep. 2020 And one worries that Barrett will be part of a conservative majority that will revoke those freedoms. Washington Post, "Notorious ACB? No and no. Trump’s nominee is no RBG.," 26 Sep. 2020 The resolution, which was sponsored by Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg, urged the governor to revoke the COVID-19 state of emergency and allow the General Assembly to address the pandemic. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia lawmaker likens Northam’s COVID-19 response to Chinese dictatorship," 20 Aug. 2020 The case prompted a judge to revoke Manafort’s bail and order him to jail to await separate trials on a slew of financial fraud charges in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, D.C., where he was ultimately convicted. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Paul Manafort was 'a grave counterintelligence threat,' Republican-led Senate panel finds," 18 Aug. 2020 On Tuesday, his probation officer asked an Oregon judge to sign a warrant for Toese's arrest, revoke his probation and sentence him to one year in jail, KOMO reported. Fox News, "Proud Boys member may face jail time after Seattle CHOP assault, crossing state lines to Portland protests," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most extreme end of the six steps could have the commission revoke PG&E’s operating license, and if that happens, the state of California may seize control of the company. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "California regulators: PG&E’s tree trimming falls short for fire safety," 25 Nov. 2020 On Monday, the acting head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (and Rick Bright's replacement), Gary Disbrow, requested that the FDA revoke the Emergency Use Authorization. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "US FDA pulls its emergency approval of chloroquine use for COVID-19," 15 June 2020 This year, Team Telecom recommended that the FCC revoke China Telecom’s and China Unicom’s licenses to operate in the United States. David Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate panel faults oversight of Chinese telecom companies in US," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of revoke

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revoke

Verb

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

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Last Updated

7 Jan 2021

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“Revoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revoke. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for revoke

revoke

verb
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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

revoke

verb
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

Other Words from revoke

revoker noun

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