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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The trust is now contending that because the volunteer district has abandoned the building, the property should revert to the land trust’s ownership. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Julian volunteer firefighters nearing end of court fight to save their department," 8 Sep. 2019 The new bill in many ways reverts to an earlier version fiercely opposed by the Realtor group. Los Angeles Times, "Newsom and top California lawmakers strike a deal to cap rent increases," 30 Aug. 2019 In the 1965 case Texas v. New Jersey, the Supreme Court ruled that, if the address of the owner is known, all of their unclaimed property should revert to their state of residence. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, "What Happens to All Those Unused Gift Cards," 27 Aug. 2019 As Kathryn Dennis continues to have tensions with her close pal Danni Baird, their mutual friends worry that the mother of two may be reverting back to her old ways. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Southern Charm: Living in Thomas Ravenel's Shadow 'Will Ruin Your Life,' Eliza Limehouse Warns," 19 June 2019 That settled, conversation reverts to safer territory: avant-garde fashion. Derek Blasberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga: The Interview," 13 Apr. 2011 In the aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, this month, Mr. LaPierre reverted to a familiar N.R.A. playbook: The group focused on issues like mental health rather than guns themselves. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "How Wayne LaPierre Survived a Revolt at the N.R.A.," 22 Aug. 2019 Nike reverted to the Merlin in 2018, a design based on the original Geo Merlin, and this season’s ball is another modern take on the classic. SI.com, "Nike Launch Limited Edition Re-Make of Classic Geo Merlin Premier League Match Ball," 19 Aug. 2019 Most defunct, offline streamer pages on Twitch revert to a kind of permanent archival form, where streamers can point their followers to new locations and viewers can access old streams and clips. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Twitch backtracks after accidentally showing porn on Ninja’s old page," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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