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[ ri-vohk ]

verb (used with object)

, re·voked, re·vok·ing.
  1. to take back or withdraw; annul, cancel, or reverse; rescind or repeal:

    to revoke a decree.

    Synonyms: countermand, nullify, recall, retract

  2. to bring or summon back.

verb (used without object)

, re·voked, re·vok·ing.
  1. Cards. to fail to follow suit when possible and required; renege.


  1. Cards. an act or instance of revoking.


/ rɪˈvəʊk /


  1. tr to take back or withdraw; cancel; rescind

    to revoke a law

  2. intr cards to break a rule of play by failing to follow suit when able to do so; renege


  1. cards the act of revoking; a renege
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Derived Forms

  • reˈvoker, noun
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Other Words From

  • re·voker noun
  • re·voking·ly adverb
  • unre·voked adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of revoke1

1300–50; Middle English revoken < Latin revocāre to call again, equivalent to re- re- + vocāre to call
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Word History and Origins

Origin of revoke1

C14: from Latin revocāre to call back, withdraw, from re- + vocāre to call
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Example Sentences

His father went to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and said his kid was dangerous, and that they should revoke his U.S. travel visa.

The European Union called for Russia to revoke its decision and turn back.

But Obama has also sought to phase this war authorization out, challenging Congress to narrow or revoke it.

Websites should probably revoke and re-issue their encryption keys as well.

Now a conservative activist wants to revoke his membership and kick him out of office for going soft on Obamacare and more.

One day she asked him if it saddened him to revoke the past.

Power to revoke the grant for breach of conditions should be lodged in a specified public authority.

I dont know how anyone can be expected not to revoke when theres this confounded chatter going on all the time.

The grand vizier and the courtiers who were present cast themselves at the emperor's feet, to beg of him to revoke the sentence.

There were no persuasions to revoke her decision, no urgent entreaties, no declaration of being heart-broken.


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More About Revoke

What does revoke mean?

Revoke means to take back, withdraw, or cancel.

Revoke is typically used in the context of officially taking back or cancelling some kind of right, status, or privilege that has already been given or approved. Passports and laws can be revoked, for example.

The process or an instance of revoking is called revocation.

A much more specific and less common sense of the word revoke is used in the context of card games, in which it means to break the rules by failing to follow suit when possible or required, such as in the game of bridge.

Example: The principal threatened to revoke our senior privileges if there are any pranks.

Where does revoke come from?

The first records of the word revoke come from the 1300s. It derives from the Latin verb revocāre, which means “to call back” or “to withdraw” and is a combination of re-, meaning “back” or “again,” and vocāre, “to call.” Vocāre is also the root of words like invoke, evoke, and provoke.

A right or privilege has to have been granted or approved in the first place before it can be called back or revoked. The word is often used in a legal context to refer to certain rights or credentials being taken away, such as a driver’s license. A person can have their access or status revoked as a punishment for breaking the rules or for other reasons. The same thing goes when revoke is used in less official or less serious contexts. For example, a parent might revoke a kid’s screen time as punishment for something.

The word is sometimes used humorously to suggest that some hypothetical credentials should be taken away for some kind of violation, as in You’re going to get your uncle card revoked if you forget your niece’s birthday again.

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What are some other forms of revoke?

  • revocation (noun)
  • revocable (adjective)
  • revoker (noun)
  • revokingly (adverb)
  • unrevoked (adjective)

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How is revoke used in real life?

Revoke is commonly used in serious and official contexts, but it can be used in less serious ways.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of revoke?

A. reverse
B. rescind
C. reward
D. repeal