revert

verb re·vert \ ri-ˈvərt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

reverter

noun

revertible

play \ri-ˈvər-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of revert in a Sentence

  1. after the national emergency had passed, the political parties abandoned their shotgun unity and reverted to their partisan squabbling

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Origin and Etymology of 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

revert Synonyms



REVERT Defined for Kids

revert

verb re·vert \ ri-ˈvərt \

Definition of revert for Students

reverted; reverting
: to come or go back
  • He reverted to bad habits.

Word Root of revert

The Latin word vertere, meaning “to turn” or “to change,” and its form versus give us the roots vert and vers. Words from the Latin vertere have something to do with turning or changing. Anything versatile, or able to do or be used for many different things, can change its task easily. A vertebra is a bone in the spine that allows an animal to turn its head or body. To avert is to turn away. To divert is to turn aside onto a new path. To revert is to turn back to a former way of being.


Medical Dictionary

revert

intransitive verb re·vert \ ri-ˈvərt \

medical Definition of revert

: to undergo reversion

revertible

play \-ˈvərt-ə-bəl\ adjective

Law Dictionary

revert

intransitive verb 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

revertible

play \-ˈvər-tə-bəl\ adjective


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