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

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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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 State officials could revoke any exemption written by a doctor who has been subject to disciplinary action, and physicians who are on probation because of their immunization practices will not be allowed to write new waivers. Alexei Koseff,, "California limits vaccine medical exemptions as protests disrupt Legislature," 9 Sep. 2019 In an effort to limit California’s power in the auto market, Trump is also considering revoking a decades-old rule that has allowed the state to set car pollution standards that are tougher than the federal government’s. Los Angeles Times, "Trump warns California that emissions deal with automakers may be illegal," 6 Sep. 2019 On Thursday Lamb was found guilty of a traffic violation — failure to yield to a pedestrian — and had her license revoked for six months. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Boy, 9, Riding Bike to School Is Killed by Truck, and Family Is Upset With Driver’s Punishment," 6 Sep. 2019 Bolton Wanderers could have their EFL status revoked as early as Tuesday evening, the club releasing a statement confirming that takeover negotiations have once again collapsed at the final hour., "Bolton Wanderers Facing Liquidation This Week as Takeover Bid Collapses," 26 Aug. 2019 At the time of his arrest, Colas said, Dyson had two bench warrants, one from Milwaukee County for allegedly operating a vehicle while revoked and another from Marathon County for failing to appear in court. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Truck driver arrested in I-894 crash hours after he was pulled from service," 24 Aug. 2019 Further Reading Bogus medical exemptions sought by anti-vaxxers may get revoked in Calif. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaxxer livestreamed alleged assault on pro-vaccine lawmaker," 22 Aug. 2019 According to court records, Rafeh has previous convictions in multiple counties for driving under the influence of intoxicants and had her driving privileges revoked in May 2018 as a condition of a previous charge in Marion County., "Portland woman with 2 DUII convictions charged with manslaughter, DUII following fatal crash," 19 Aug. 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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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

Other Words from revoke

revoker noun

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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