re·​vert | \ ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio) \
reverted; reverting; reverts

Definition of revert

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from revert

reverter noun
revertible \ ri-​ˈvər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce revert (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web This week, the Washington Examiner spoke with Jennifer, a parent of one of the preschoolers who returned to class and then was forced to revert back to virtual learning. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 30 Jan. 2021 But after a surge in local coronavirus cases, the move was made to revert back to remote last month. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 8 Dec. 2020 After all, Mayor London Breed and three supervisors privately decided the Great Highway — now a 17-acre park and one of the few silver linings to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic — will revert to a traffic artery five days a week starting Monday. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Aug. 2021 Village Attorney John Fuchs noted at the meeting that ownership would revert back to the village if no developments were made. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2021 Rather than revert to old models of competition, organizers can instead look to other ways the pandemic has forced innovations that could, if adapted, transform the Bee to be more inclusive and accessible. Shalini Shankar, CNN, 8 July 2021 But analysts think that trend will revert back to more normal patterns in coming months as the impacts of the pandemic lessen. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 The profit booking at higher levels can also be attributed to the rise in vaccinations in the U.S., implying that at some point people may revert to see the doctor in-person rather than virtually. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 May 2021 There’s no need to hard-wire a contingency plan into the genome for every injury or challenge the tissue might face, because the cells will spontaneously revert to the right course. Quanta Magazine, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of revert

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revert

Middle English, from Anglo-French revertir, from Latin revertere, transitive verb, "to turn back" & reverti, intransitive verb, "to return, come back," from re- + vertere, verti "to turn" — more at worth

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“Revert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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re·​vert | \ ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio) \
reverted; reverting

Kids Definition of revert

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


intransitive verb
re·​vert | \ ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio) \

Medical Definition of revert

: to undergo reversion

Other Words from revert

revertible \ -​ˈvərt-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce revert (audio) \ adjective


intransitive verb
re·​vert | \ ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio) \

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

Other Words from revert

revertible \ -​ˈvər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce revert (audio) \ adjective

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