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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.
  2. to bring or summon back.
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verb (used without object), re·voked, re·vok·ing.
  1. Cards. to fail to follow suit when possible and required; renege.
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  1. Cards. an act or instance of revoking.
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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

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Related Words for revoke

quash, invalidate, deny, annul, reverse, renounce, void, dismiss, dismantle, remove, abolish, nullify, retract, lift, withdraw, vacate, abrogate, repeal, rescind, obliterate

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Contemporary Examples of revoke

Historical Examples of revoke

  • Fate has cut and shuffled the cards for you; the game is yours, unless you revoke.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for revoke


  1. (tr) to take back or withdraw; cancel; rescindto revoke a law
  2. (intr) cards to break a rule of play by failing to follow suit when able to do so; renege
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  1. cards the act of revoking; a renege
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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.

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