- to take back or withdraw; annul, cancel, or reverse; rescind or repeal: to revoke a decree.
- to bring or summon back.
- 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
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1. retract, recall; nullify, countermand.
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Examples from the Web for revoke
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.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
The European Union called for Russia to revoke its decision and turn back.Has Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Begun?
August 22, 2014
But Obama has also sought to phase this war authorization out, challenging Congress to narrow or revoke it.Obama’s War in Iraq Marks the Return of the Global War on Terror
August 18, 2014
Now a conservative activist wants to revoke his membership and kick him out of office for going soft on Obamacare and more.In the Buckeye State, the Tea Party Bucks the Establishment Republican Governor
January 2, 2014
The mayor declined to revoke the permit, and the parade is scheduled to go on as usual on November 17.Amsterdam’s Racist Black Pete Parade Under Fire
November 11, 2013
Fate has cut and shuffled the cards for you; the game is yours, unless you revoke.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
But pray, Sir, interrupting him, how came you to apprehend that I should revoke my intention?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
"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
A revoke cannot be claimed after the cards are cut for the next deal.The Laws of Euchre
H. C. Leeds
- (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
C14: from Latin revocāre to call back, withdraw, from re- + vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for revoke
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