- To revoke is to take away something, to render some decree that has already been made unenforceable, or to make something invalid.
- An example of revoke is when a doctor has his hospital privileges taken away.
- An example of revoke is when a prison sentence is canceled and the prisoner is let free.
transitive verbrevoked, revoking
- to withdraw, repeal, rescind, cancel, or annul (a law, permit, etc.)
- Now Rare to recall
Origin of revokeMiddle English revoken ; from Middle French revoquer ; from Classical Latin revocare ; from re-, back + vocare, to call: see voice
verbre·voked, re·vok·ing, re·vokes
verb, intransitive Games
Origin of revokeMiddle English revoken, from Old French revoquer, from Latin revocāre : re-, re- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present revokes, present participle revoking, simple past and past participle revoked)
- To cancel or invalidate by withdrawing or reversing
- Your driver's license will be revoked.
- (intransitive) To fail to follow suit in a game of cards when holding a card in that suit.
- The act of revoking in a game of cards.
- A renege; a violation of important rules regarding the play of tricks in trick-taking card games serious enough to render the round invalid.
- A violation ranked in seriousness somewhat below overt cheating, with the status of a more minor offense only because, when it happens, it is usually accidental.
Latin revocare, re- + vox
(third-person singular simple present reëvokes, present participle reëvoking, simple past and past participle reëvoked)
- Evoke again.
re- + evoke