verb (used with object), re·voked, re·vok·ing.
verb (used without object), re·voked, re·vok·ing.
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Origin of revoke
OTHER WORDS FROM revokere·vok·er, nounre·vok·ing·ly, adverbun·re·voked, adjective
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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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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.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018
Don’t revoke my passport but I like her recipe.😄
My mother was a Gujarati.She had no idea what rajma was!
Nor did I till I went to school in Ajmer.
The bean came to us with the French & was planted in north india by Brits.
Let’s keep the dish open to interpretation! @tejalrao
— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) May 3, 2020
I can revoke my consent.
You don’t have a right to be angry.
— •3• (@dieyanara) June 13, 2020
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How to use revoke in a sentence
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.Obama’s War in Iraq Marks the Return of the Global War on Terror|Eli Lake|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Websites should probably revoke and re-issue their encryption keys as well.How to Mitigate the Damage of the Heartbleed Security Hole|Joshua Kopstein|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freedlander|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One day she asked him if it saddened him to revoke the past.A German Pompadour|Marie Hay
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 Circle|W. Somerset Maugham
The grand vizier and the courtiers who were present cast themselves at the emperor's feet, to beg of him to revoke the sentence.The Arabian Nights|Unknown
There were no persuasions to revoke her decision, no urgent entreaties, no declaration of being heart-broken.Modern Broods|Charlotte Mary Yonge