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- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvoʊk/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvəʊk/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /rɪˈvəʊk/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊk
- (transitive) To cancel or invalidate by withdrawing or reversing.
- Your driver's license will be revoked.
- I hereby revoke all former wills.
- 1539, Myles Coverdale et al., (translators), Great Bible, London: Thomas Berthelet, 1540, deuterocanonical addition to the Book of Esther, heading to Chapter 16,
- The Copye of the letters of Arthaxerses, wherby he reuoketh those which he fyrst sende forth.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- […] If, on the tenth day following,
Thy banish’d trunk be found in our dominions,
The moment is thy death. Away! By Jupiter,
This shall not be revok’d.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book III”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC, lines 124-128:
- I formd them free, and free they must remain,
Till they enthrall themselves: I else must change
Thir nature, and revoke the high Decree
Unchangeable, Eternal, which ordain’d
- (intransitive) To fail to follow suit in a game of cards when holding a card in that suit.
- (obsolete) To call or bring back.
- Synonym: recall
- (obsolete) To hold back.
- (obsolete) To move (something) back or away.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto XI”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, page 566:
- A flaming fire, ymixt with smouldry smoke,
And stinking Sulphure, that with griesly hate
And dreadfull horror did all entraunce choke,
Enforced them their forward footing to reuoke.
- (obsolete) To call back to mind.
to cancel or invalidate by withdrawing or reversing
cardgames: to fail to follow suit when one should
revoke (plural revokes)
- The act of revoking in a game of cards.
- 1923, William Henry Koebel, All Aboard: A Frivolous Book, page 102:
- Employ two revokes, two trumpings of your partner's best card and two ignorings of a call — all in the same hand!
- 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.
the act of revoking in a game of cards