[ ri-vohk ]
/ rɪˈvoʊk /

verb (used with object), re·voked, re·vok·ing.

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), re·voked, re·vok·ing.

Cards. to fail to follow suit when possible and required; renege.


Cards. an act or instance of revoking.

Nearby words

  1. reviviscence,
  2. revivor,
  3. revocable,
  4. revocation,
  5. revoice,
  6. revolt,
  7. revolting,
  8. revolute,
  9. revolution,
  10. revolution counter

Origin of revoke

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

Related formsre·vok·er, nounre·vok·ing·ly, adverbun·re·voked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for revoke


/ (rɪˈvəʊk) /


(tr) to take back or withdraw; cancel; rescindto revoke a law
(intr) 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 Formsrevoker, noun

Word Origin for revoke

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