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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While Florida and Ohio are becoming more Republican, the more northerly states appear to be reverting to the Democrats. The Economist, "Donald Trump launches his re-election campaign," 20 June 2019 There are more than 40 casinos, and counting, in Macau—most of which were built after the region reverted to China in 1999, though gambling has been legal there since the 1850s. Erik R. Trinidad, National Geographic, "Find traditional eats in modern Macau," 8 Apr. 2019 Seattle voters reject tax levies for the project and the land reverts to Allen in 1996, leading to a two-decade redevelopment of the neighborhood. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Timeline: Selected events in the life of Paul Gardner Allen," 15 Oct. 2018 In reversing this rule, the Trump administration is reverting to disproportionately punishing black boys and girls in school despite the fact that white male students overwhelmingly commit the majority of mass shootings. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "A Policy Meant to Help Black Students Could be Repealed After the Parkland Shooting," 5 Apr. 2018 But in Japan, the vice president quickly reverted to form. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Pence, Returning to Tough Stance on North Korea, Announces New Sanctions," 7 Feb. 2018 The sale means that the largest surviving bookstore chain in the US will keep its remaining 627 stores open for now (and that the formerly public company will revert to private control). Corinne Purtill, Quartz, "Barnes & Noble’s sale starts a new chapter for a troubled chain," 7 June 2019 The most obvious reason is that outperformance over a short period is down to luck more than skill and that, over time, managers revert to the mean. The Economist, "Troubles at the Woodford investment group point to a wider trend," 6 June 2019 Looks like Wendy has reverted back to her favorite position: shuttling between Bobby and Chuck. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Billions Season 4 Finale Recap: Et Tu, Bobby?," 4 June 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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