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

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 The law also expands reasons to revoke or suspend a police officer’s certification to include discriminatory conduct, racial profiling in violation of state law and excessive use of force. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Trump’s move to revoke the state waivers split the industry, with most automakers behind him while Ford, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen, and Volvo decided to go with California standards. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 The Legislature hasn’t taken any steps to revoke Cuomo’s emergency powers — set to expire April 30 — despite a push from Republicans and some Democrats. Author: Michael R. Sisak And Marina Villeneuve, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Mar. 2021 Leppink, the Minnesota labor commissioner, said the federal government could revoke franchise licenses and federal contracts from companies with a history of wage theft. Alexia FernÁndez Campbell And Joe Yerardi, Chron, 4 May 2021 Leppink, the Minnesota labor commissioner, said the federal government could revoke franchise licenses and federal contracts from companies with a history of wage theft. Alexia FernÁndez Campbell And Joe Yerardi, orlandosentinel.com, 4 May 2021 Leppink, the Minnesota labor commissioner, said the federal government could revoke franchise licenses and federal contracts from companies with a history of wage theft. Alexia FernÁndez Campbell And Joe Yerardi, Star Tribune, 3 May 2021 Labor officials also warned that the federal government could revoke Tennessee's authority to oversee its own workplace safety enforcement if the state refuses to comply with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's covid-19 rules. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021 The track’s stewards also fined the 26-year-old Mejia $5,000 and recommended that the New Jersey Racing Commission permanently revoke his jockey’s license. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Justice Department will take additional steps to crack down on gun trafficking and revoke licenses for gun dealers who willfully violate federal law. WSJ, 23 June 2021 First, revoke privileges upon user termination to make sure departing employees are no longer in the game. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The final release of Android 11 then delivered additional features related to Auto revoke permission. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Apr. 2021 This session may also see the state revoke riot immunity for police and restore voting rights to prisoners. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 26 Feb. 2021 The president has long demanded that Congress revoke Section 230, a liability waiver social media companies depend upon to allow relatively unfettered speech on their platforms. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 11 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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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“Revoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revoke. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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revoke

verb

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

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.

revoke

transitive verb
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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