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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What happens to inflation when the Fed reverts to pre-2008 policy of 0% interest on reserves and this sea of money is forced into the economy at market rates? WSJ, "Raising Rates to Cure a Recession You Cause," 3 Dec. 2018 Users of Click-to-Run versions of Office (used by Office 365 subscriptions) shouldn't have to take any additional steps, as Click-to-Run Office should revert the patch automatically. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled," 20 Nov. 2018 As the offseason starts, teams and agents aren’t sure whether the market will revert to its previous pace or whether clubs will try to wait out players again. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Teams, agents wonder whether slow market will repeat," 7 Nov. 2018 The company overhauled the test in 2016, reverting to a top score of 1600 and scoring an optional 50-minute essay separately. Debbie Truong,, "Brown University becomes latest college to drop SAT, ACT essay for applicants," 12 July 2018 Europeans are left to hope that their economic and regulatory muscle is enough to shore up rules and institutions, even as much of the rest of the world reverts to the law of strength. The Economist, "Europe struggles to respond to Mr Trump," 14 June 2018 The North said Thursday that a nuclear showdown with the U.S. could once again be possible, reverting to Pyongyang's rhetoric before the recent moves toward diplomacy. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "North Korean official calls Mike Pence 'stupid' as Trump-Kim summit remains in doubt," 24 May 2018 The Bucks' defense had reverted to earlier bad habits, the offense couldn't do anything in the halfcourt and Prunty went deep into the bench to concoct numerous surprising lineup combinations that didn't pan out. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2017-'18 Milwaukee Bucks team grades," 6 May 2018 Right after Trump tweeted, though, those laws reverted. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Why did markets stumble? Per Trump, for the same reason they soared: The great economy," 7 Feb. 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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