revert

verb
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for revert

Synonyms

regress, retrogress, return

Antonyms

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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At the end of the season finale, Ben can also be seen reverting back to his younger self along with his siblings. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All "The Umbrella Academy" Questions We Need Answered In Season 2," 27 Feb. 2019 The partners have been operating the restaurant under the old name to keep the liquor license from reverting back to the city. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The Stand restaurant in Birmingham to become new venture for One-Eyed Betty's co-founders," 23 May 2018 Most people had their loans revert back to grants within six months and were refunded a total of $196,000. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Advocacy group sues Education Dept. to release records on teachers’ grants being converted to loans," 28 Mar. 2018 Six days later, after protests from union leaders, agency officials reverted to existing policy, which calls for a doctor’s note after three days. Jeff Stein, The Seattle Times, "Citing hardship, hundreds of furloughed IRS workers skip returning to work," 23 Jan. 2019 Evaluating the wisdom of that funding formula, and addressing questions about whether control of the PPA should revert from the state to the city, will not be among the audit’s goals, Rhynhart said. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philly's controller to audit PPA's parking enforcement," 11 July 2018 Baseball will almost certainly soon revert to the 2018 model, likely as soon as Wednesday, when reliever Liam Hendriks opens the game for the A’s against the New York Yankees. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Rockies Play Small Ball to Edge Cubs in 13 Innings," 3 Oct. 2018 The condition began during the third trimester of my first pregnancy, and even now, 12 weeks out from birthing my second child, my tongue has not yet reverted to its former normal. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "100 Women on the Wildest Ways Their Bodies Changed After Pregnancy," 30 May 2018 Rejecting a Brexit deal might mean more uncertainty, not reverting to membership. The Economist, "Could Britain stand another vote on Brexit?," 19 Apr. 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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revert

verb
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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