verb re·vert \ri-ˈvərt\

Definition of REVERT

intransitive verb
:  to come or go back (as to a former condition, period, or subject)
:  to return to the proprietor or his or her heirs at the end of a reversion
:  to return to an ancestral type
re·vert·er noun
re·vert·ible \-ˈvər-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of REVERT

  1. <after the national emergency had passed, the political parties abandoned their shotgun unity and reverted to their partisan squabbling>

Origin of REVERT

Middle English, from Anglo-French revertir, from Latin revertere, v.t., to turn back & reverti, v.i., to return, come back, from re- + vertere, verti to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: 15th century
REVERT Defined for Kids


verb re·vert \ri-ˈvərt\

Definition of REVERT for Kids

:  to come or go back <He reverted to bad habits.>

Word Root of REVERT

The Latin word vertere, meaning to turn or to change, and its form versus give us the roots vert and vers. Words from the Latin vertere have something to do with turning or changing. Anything versatile, or able to do or be used for many different things, can change its task easily. A vertebra is a bone in the spine that allows an animal to turn its head or body. To avert is to turn away. To divert is to turn aside onto a new path. To revert is to turn back to a former way of being.
Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb re·vert \ri-ˈvərt\

Medical Definition of REVERT

:  to undergo reversion
re·vert·ible \-ˈvərt-ə-bəl\ adjective


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