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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Unless this changes, social inequality could revert to medieval levels, Mr Weyl warns. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 Trump was criticized in some corners for seeming to only go through the motions of acting presidential and later reverting to partisan attack mode. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, aides struggle to balance midterm politics with empathy after synagogue massacre," 30 Oct. 2018 The Southside city of Martinsville is considering reverting to town status, absorbing itself into the surrounding county. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018 And, when all that comes to pass, Durant reverts to what worked for him thoughout his career. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors fans criticizing Kevin Durant? C’mon people," 27 May 2018 But fluoromethane liquefies only under pressure, so if the new batteries are punctured, the pressure releases, the liquid reverts to a gas and the gas can escape, explains Rustomji, lead author of the Science paper. Matthew Sedacca, Scientific American, "These New Batteries Won't Make Your Smartphone Explode," 1 Oct. 2017 But after 2025 the exemption reverts to its 2017 level of $5.49 million (plus an inflation adjustment), and John dies in 2026. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Estate and Gift Taxes," 15 Feb. 2019 But late last night, Google reverted back to the old Android Messages design — even for those who had already installed the most recent update. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google rolls back Android Messages to old design and removes dark mode," 18 Aug. 2018 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

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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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