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[ri-vohk] /rɪˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), revoked, revoking.
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), revoked, revoking.
Cards. to fail to follow suit when possible and required; renege.
Cards. an act or instance of revoking.
1300-50; Middle English revoken < Latin revocāre to call again, equivalent to re- re- + vocāre to call
Related forms
revoker, noun
revokingly, adverb
unrevoked, adjective
1. retract, recall; nullify, countermand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for revoked
  • College coaches may not want to spoil the fun by talking about injuries or revoked scholarships during a recruiting pitch.
  • The forestry ministry revoked their logging licenses.
  • One that should be able to be quickly suspended or revoked if needed.
  • Fans that did not pay the fee had their season tickets revoked.
  • Continued failure to meet established success standards should result in the school's accreditation being revoked.
  • In the past, visas could be revoked only in cases involving drug-trafficking, people-smuggling or war crimes.
  • Otherwise they've got no excuse, and should have their privileges revoked pronto.
  • Cabbies could have their licenses revoked if they commit three such infractions in a three-year period.
  • Five months later, she was booted off of the program, and her interim security clearance was revoked.
  • Broadcast licences can be revoked after two official warnings.
British Dictionary definitions for revoked


(transitive) to take back or withdraw; cancel; rescind: to revoke a law
(intransitive) (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
revoker, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin revocāre to call back, withdraw, from re- + vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for revoked



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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