Definition of revoke in US English:



  • 1with object Put an end to the validity or operation of (a decree, decision, or promise)

    ‘the men appealed and the sentence was revoked’
    • ‘If they are a British citizen we would have to accept that as the price for having a high standard of proof, but if they are a visitor - with a revocable claim to be here - we should be able to revoke that claim.’
    • ‘He claimed that some of the machines stopped recording votes in favour of revoking the president's mandate once a certain ceiling had been reached.’
    • ‘If a customer cancels within 30 days, the satellite provider revokes the retailer's commission.’
    • ‘There is also a warning that tax authorities will not be able to revoke already signed deals.’
    • ‘Stores given permission to sell fireworks all year will need a licence which local authorities will be able to refuse and revoke if necessary.’
    • ‘Any dealer that sells a Rolex at a discount is subject to having his dealer status revoked.’
    • ‘I say to the Government that if the Clyde Dam had had its consent revoked, how would the energy crisis in this country be solved today?’
    • ‘The remaining eight constitutional amendment issues include adjusting the terms of Control Yuan members, lowering the voting age and revoking compulsory military service.’
    • ‘The Conservative government was revoking more and more of the workers' rights, and each day they imposed another deregulation on the checks and balances of the economy, which were meant to defend the working class from exploitation.’
    • ‘Finally, before turning to the second main point, I should mention that in this case, the arrangement carries out its purpose by revoking all the existing trusts and establishing a new set of trusts.’
    • ‘But when parents fail to provide continuity of care, the state revokes or curtails their parental prerogatives.’
    • ‘The challenge there was to a refusal to exercise a discretion to revoke the deportation order, which decision is premised on the validity of the deportation order.’
    • ‘I said nothing, just nodded my head before I said anything to go back on or revoke my promise, so carefully and so brashly made.’
    • ‘Access is at all times probationary and can be denied, revoked or reviewed at any time for any reason.’
    • ‘His Honour further concluded that Herstatt's bankruptcy did not revoke Chase's mandate to receive funds on its behalf.’
    • ‘On October 9, 2003 the Respondent revoked that offer and the litigation proceeded.’
    • ‘On April 1, 1628, a second patent was issued to Carlisle, revoking that of Pembroke, and Charles Wolverton was appointed Governor of Barbados.’
    • ‘This in turn gave the Catholic monarchs an excuse to revoke their promises.’
    • ‘The orders were revoked and he was re-sentenced for both offences, receiving three months for the assault and a month for the theft.’
    • ‘The cause is the implosion of the Niners' salary cap, and the detonation may not yet be over, if the league, as rumored, penalizes San Francisco for past contract shenanigans by revoking future draft picks.’
    cancel, repeal, rescind, reverse, abrogate, annul, nullify, declare null and void, make void, void, invalidate, render invalid, quash, abolish, set aside, countermand, retract, withdraw, overrule, override
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  • 2no object (in bridge, whist, and other card games) fail to follow suit despite being able to do so.

    • ‘A revoke counts the same as at Short Whist, but the exposed hand cannot revoke.’
    • ‘Since cards are added to one's hand during the course of the game, it is possible that a player may revoke by either playing a trump card to take a trick, when one's hand had a legal play, or play an off suit when a legal card was in one's hand.’
    • ‘If a player revokes, only to play a legal card on another trick during the round, a penalty will be enforced.’
    • ‘As in Droggn, this revoke penalty is too mild to be an effective deterrent to deliberate revoking, and is only suitable as a punishment for an accidental error.’
    • ‘In both Alan's and Andrew's case there is the problem of the measure of damages if O revokes before A's completion.’


Late Middle English: from Old French revoquer or Latin revocare, from re- ‘back’ + vocare ‘to call’.