Definition of revoke in English:

revoke

Line breaks: re¦voke
Pronunciation: /rɪˈvəʊk
 
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verb

1 [with object] Officially cancel (a decree, decision, or promise): the men appealed and the sentence was revoked
More example sentences
  • This in turn gave the Catholic monarchs an excuse to revoke their promises.
  • 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.
  • If a customer cancels within 30 days, the satellite provider revokes the retailer's commission.
Synonyms
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;
Law vacate, avoid
archaic recall
rare disannul
2 [no object] (In bridge, whist, and other card games) fail to follow suit despite being able to do so.
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French revoquer or Latin revocare, from re- 'back' + vocare 'to call'.

Derivatives

revocation

Pronunciation: /rɛvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • Even the Attorney General and County Prosecutors' Association agree such revocations are counterproductive, and are supporting the bills.
  • But awards themselves are just gestures, and revocations are the best countergesture that can now be made.
  • It was the agent who had come to inform him about Sanna's termination and the revocation of his parental rights.

revocatory

Pronunciation: /ˈrɛvəkət(ə)ri/
adjective
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  • In his judgment, Judge Brown stated The Babcock & Wilcox Company ‘was solvent under the Louisiana revocatory action on July 1, 1998.’
  • A report from the Department of Statistics of the Embassy of the United States in Bolivia reveals that seven of the nine prefects (governors) of the Andean country will lose the revocatory referendum to be realised the next 10 of August.
  • A party to whom child support is owed, including the Department of Social Services when rendering child support enforcement services, may seek enforcement of a child support obligation by any lawful means provided by law, including the use of a revocatory or oblique action brought pursuant to the provisions of Civil Code Article 2036 et seq.

revoker

noun

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