re·vert | \ri-ˈvərt \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for revert


regress, retrogress, return


advance, develop, evolve, progress

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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

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Team News Uruguay switched from the usual 4-4-2 formation to a more fluid 4-3-2-1 against Russia and reaped the benefits, but Oscar Tabarez will probably revert to type in expectation of a low-scoring game., "World Cup Preview: Uruguay vs Portugal - Statistics, Team News, Predictions & More," 29 June 2018 But if the Legislature declines to take it up and the measure goes on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot, the group will revert to opposing the legalization of marijuana again. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Why anti-marijuana group wants Michigan to legalize weed," 18 May 2018 The street will revert to being called Jersey Street, its original name before it was changed in 1977 to honor the owner, Tom Yawkey, who had died the year before. Katharine Q. Seelye And Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Yawkey Way, Where Red Sox Fans Converge, Will Be Renamed Over Racism Concerns," 26 Apr. 2018 The uncertainty over what is going on could prompt Fed officials to open a debate over how to operate monetary policy in the future—whether to continue with the current approach or revert to the one used before the financial crisis. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "What to Watch in the Federal Reserve’s June Meeting Minutes," 5 July 2018 During that stretch of bad basketball, which happened in the first half Monday, the Warriors reverted to many of the bad habits that kept popping up all season. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors win, but still missing Curry and consistency," 16 Apr. 2018 Or the leaders may clash and revert to threats to annihilate each other’s country. Fortune, "The World's Most Watched Meeting Just Got Even More Uncertain," 14 Mar. 2018 Maybe they were born under a house, or maybe they were abandoned and then reverted to a more wild state. Sheila Stroup,, "Feral kitten rescuer in New Orleans: "We're in cat-trapping frenzy now'," 10 Mar. 2018 But Zinke suspended the rule, which coal firms called burdensome, and reverted to the old accounting system. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Interior Dept. panel weighs lower royalty payments for offshore oil and gas drilling," 6 Mar. 2018

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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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re·vert | \ri-ˈvərt \
reverted; reverting

Kids Definition of revert

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

re·vert | \ri-ˈvərt \

Medical Definition of revert 

: to undergo reversion

Other Words from revert

revertible \-ˈvərt-ə-bəl \ adjective
re·vert | \ri-ˈvərt \

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 \ adjective

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