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[ri-vohk] /rɪˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), revoked, revoking.
to take back or withdraw; annul, cancel, or reverse; rescind or repeal:
to revoke a decree.
to bring or summon back.
verb (used without object), revoked, revoking.
Cards. to fail to follow suit when possible and required; renege.
Cards. an act or instance of revoking.
Origin of revoke
1300-50; Middle English revoken < Latin revocāre to call again, equivalent to re- re- + vocāre to call
Related forms
revoker, noun
revokingly, adverb
unrevoked, adjective
1. retract, recall; nullify, countermand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Fate has cut and shuffled the cards for you; the game is yours, unless you revoke.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But pray, Sir, interrupting him, how came you to apprehend that I should revoke my intention?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "It's not too late to revoke my opinion," said she, passionately.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • It had been necessary for Parliament to revoke its old persecuting statutes.

    John Knox

    A. Taylor Innes
  • The penalty of a revoke takes precedence of all other scores.

    The Laws of Euchre H. C. Leeds
British Dictionary definitions for revoke


(transitive) to take back or withdraw; cancel; rescind: to revoke a law
(intransitive) (cards) to break a rule of play by failing to follow suit when able to do so; renege
(cards) the act of revoking; a renege
Derived Forms
revoker, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin revocāre to call back, withdraw, from re- + vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for revoke

mid-14c., from Old French revoquer (13c.), from Latin revocare "rescind, call back," from re- "back" (see re-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). Related: Revoked; revoking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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