Definition of revert
1 : to come or go back (as to a former condition, period, or subject)
2 : to return to the proprietor or his or her heirs at the end of a reversion
3 : to return to an ancestral type
revertibleplay \-ˈvər-tə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of revert in a sentence
<after the national emergency had passed, the political parties abandoned their shotgun unity and reverted to their partisan squabbling>
Did You Know?
Since the prefix re- often means "back", the basic meaning of revert is "turn back". Revert and reversion often show up in legal documents, since property is often given to another person on the condition that it will revert to the original owner at some future date or when something happens (usually the death of the second person). In nonlegal uses, the word tends to show up in negative contexts. Many reformed drinkers, for example, eventually revert to their old ways, and most people revert to smoking at least once or twice before succeeding in quitting for good.
Origin and Etymology 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
Definition of revert for Students
: 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.
Legal Definition of revert
1 : to come or go back (as to a former status or state) <if the donee of a general power fails to exercise it…the appointive assets revert to the donor's estate — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.>
2 : to return to the grantor or his or her heirs as a reversion
revertible\-ˈvər-tə-bəl\ play adjective
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