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 revertible (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 The property will revert to private ownership after 25 years, under the agreement. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale approves massive water park development with hotel, restaurants and more near Westgate," 10 Sep. 2020 Whenever democracy disappoints them, these unions inevitably revert to strikes. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Case for Private Education Co-operatives," 9 Sep. 2020 Those players revert to the practice squad after the game without being exposed on waivers. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings fill out practice squad with kicker Chase McLaughlin, two others," 8 Sep. 2020 Malaga will revert to normal speed when his wife or two children are in the car. Sharon Waters, Wired, "How to (Finally) Listen to All Those Podcasts in Your Queue," 1 Sep. 2020 Avon Community Schools outside of Indianapolis opened July 29, only to revert to online learning for high school students because of positive cases. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Chaos reigns in some schools with in-person learning. Hundreds of kids are learning at home.," 28 Aug. 2020 Research by Marco Venniro of the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown that drug-dependent rodents choose social interaction over the drug when given the choice, but when the social choice is punished, the animals revert to drug use. Nora D. Volkow, Scientific American, "Fighting Back against the Stigma of Addiction," 18 Aug. 2020 The world is a scary place, America is a scary place, and people want to revert to easy truths and binary black-and-white ways of seeing the world. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Manic Denialism of the Republican National Convention," 27 Aug. 2020 Practices were halted Tuesday at several private high schools around the area, and teams are required to revert to KHSAA’s Segment Three, which involves conditioning and limited practice drills without a ball in use. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Diocese of Covington pauses official athletic practices; conditioning allowed," 26 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for revert


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.
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 revertible (audio) \ adjective
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 revertible (audio) \ adjective

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