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 Or has the conference reverted to some unhealthy habits? oregonlive, "Canzano: A review of the Pac-12 football officiating raises eyebrows," 30 Oct. 2019 Quick has been shaky at times, and Binnington has yet to revert back to his form during the Stanley Cup playoffs, at least on a consistent basis. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues odds, picks and betting tips," 24 Oct. 2019 The Rockies have reverted to being same the lovable losers who first took the field in 1993. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: After bummer of bad Rockies season, heat now on GM Jeff Bridich to fix what’s wrong.," 28 Sep. 2019 In a way, technology has reverted the bed to its earlier role: a place to socialize – chatting with friends, maybe even strangers – late into the night. Brian Fagan, The Conversation, "The bizarre social history of beds," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2018, Robeson County reverted to form, voting for McCready by a healthy 15 points. David Wasserman, NBC News, "Five takeaways from Republicans' narrow escape in North Carolina's 9th District," 11 Sep. 2019 Under the Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984, signed by Reagan, federal courts reverted to the stricter M’Naghten rule, with even tougher language than the original. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Here’s how the insanity defense works," 4 Sep. 2019 Ensuring virulence can’t be restored But what if researchers created a vaccine from a weakened live virus that’s unlikely revert to virulence? Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide," 13 Sep. 2019 Ownership of the names then will revert to the federal government, leaving no question as to whether the park can continue using them, Gediman said. Los Angeles Times, "People cried when Yosemite restored historic names like the Ahwahnee. Here’s why," 16 July 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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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Revert.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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

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revertible \ -​ˈvər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce revertible (audio) \ adjective

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