revoke

verb
re·​voke | \ ri-ˈvōk How to pronounce revoke (audio) \
revoked; revoking

Definition of revoke

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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 Neal Sher, a lawyer who for 11 years ran the federal office that rooted out World War II-era Nazis in the United States and moved to revoke their citizenship and deport them, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Warren urged the Fed to revoke Wells Fargo's status as a financial holding company and require the company to separate its traditional banking activities from nonbanking activities. Matt Egan, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 The incident led the state California Interscholastic Federation to revoke Coronado’s basketball championship and order the school to conduct sportsmanship and racial sensitivity workshops for its student-athletes, leadership and coaches. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2021 Along with the pandemic, which spurred the transition from online learning to online investing for many teens, the Supreme Court’s decision last year to revoke a 2018 ban on trading digital tokens has increased interest in cryptocurrency. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 22 Sep. 2021 Trump’s decision to revoke the travel ban during his last week of office, was quickly overturned. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The recent decision by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to revoke the division regional basketball championship from Coronado High School in the wake of a tortilla throwing incident was totally unfair. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 But the California Medical Board did not revoke Helliwell's medical license. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, 21 Sep. 2021 The Ohio Medical Board could still decide to suspend Stubbers' license or revoke it altogether. Fox 19 Digital Staff, The Enquirer, 15 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 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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