When you revoke something, you officially cancel it, like when you revoke your sister's "coolest sibling" award because she shows your friends funny pictures of you from when you were little.

The verb revoke comes from the Latin word revocare, meaning "to call back or rescind." Licenses, wills, and privileges are three things that can be revoked. The verb also has a meaning specific to card- playing. If the rules state that you have to follow suit, but you accidentally play trump instead, you have revoked or reneged. If other players notice your mistake, you have to take the card back.

Definitions of revoke
  1. verb
    cancel officially
    “He revoked the ban on smoking”
    synonyms: annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, reverse, vacate
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    go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
    type of:
    cancel, strike down
    declare null and void; make ineffective
  2. verb
    fail to follow suit when able and required to do so
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    type of:
    participate in games or sport
  3. noun
    the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
    synonyms: renege
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    type of:
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
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