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verb (used with object), re路voked, re路vok路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路voked, re路vok路ing.
Cards. to fail to follow suit when possible and required; renege.
Cards. an act or instance of revoking.
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Origin of revoke

1300鈥50; Middle English revoken<Latin revoc膩re to call again, equivalent to re-re- + voc膩re to call


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What does聽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聽revoke come from?

The first records of the word revoke come from the 1300s. It derives from the Latin verb revoc膩re, which means 鈥渢o call back鈥 or 鈥渢o withdraw鈥 and is a combination of re-, meaning 鈥渂ack鈥 or 鈥渁gain,鈥 and voc膩re, 鈥渢o call.鈥 Voc膩re 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥檙e going to get your uncle card revoked if you forget your niece鈥檚 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聽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

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British Dictionary definitions for revoke

/ (r瑟藞v蓹蕣k) /

(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 forms of revoke

revoker, noun

Word Origin for revoke

C14: from Latin revoc膩re to call back, withdraw, from re- + voc膩re to call
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