Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

revoke (access/credentials)

revoke accessrevoke credentials
Meaning(s)
1) officially withdraw permission to enter or use something
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    • revoke someone's access/credentials due to bad behaviour
  • Analysis

    To 'revoke' is to officially remove or withdraw permission for something. You could 'revoke permission' meaning to change your decision about allowing someone to do something or 'revoke' someone's license or certification if you no longer considered them fit or deserving of it. This is a formal verb used often in professional and legal contexts.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The library decided to revoke Paul's access to the establishment because of his repeated infringements of the rules.
    2. I was caught speeding three times by the police and had my drivers license revoked by the courts.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. When Gary was fired from the company, head office immediately revoked his access to both his computer terminal and the office building itself.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Security gave the journalist a pass to enter the facility in order to conduct an interview, but when she was caught snooping, they wasted no time in revoking her credentials and ordering her to leave.
    2. I received permission to use the witnesses details in the article but when they were threatened by criminals they revoked our right to use their name in our publication.
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