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 Yale coach Tony Reno said the team reverted to its plans for when a game is interrupted by lightning. Washington Post, "Harvard-Yale game delayed by student protest; 20-30 arrested," 24 Nov. 2019 The book outlined a new paradigm in which content and distribution were becoming commodities; one in which power and money would revert to creators and brands. Los Angeles Times, "For brash deal-maker Ari Emanuel, IPO collapse is a rare stumble, and his biggest challenge yet," 30 Sep. 2019 Her grandmother Meralyn Kirkland said the first-grader has reverted to wetting the bed in the weeks since she and another 6-year-old were handcuffed by Orlando police Officer Dennis Turner at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy Sept. 19. Monivette Cordeiro,, "After cop handcuffed 6-year-olds at Orlando school, lawmaker seeks ban on arresting kids under 12," 24 Sep. 2019 Looking at estimated costs, much of the cost savings at the Friendship Valley site came from the fact that the East Middle site would revert to property of the county. Catalina Righter,, "FAQ’s about East Middle project: Cost at both sites about the same; closing or converting Winters Mill, opening North Carroll not viable options," 23 Sep. 2019 Scrapping the 3-5-2 in favour of a 3-4-3 in the first half, Wolves certainly looked dangerous, but conceding the goal saw them revert to their old formation., "Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Late Jota Goal Rescues Point for Wanderers," 22 Sep. 2019 Perhaps Anthony Davis in case LeBron James shows his age and Kyle Kuzma reverts to his draft status. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Would Bradley Beal be a game-changer for the Heat?," 24 Aug. 2019 That ruling fails to acknowledge the descendants’ interest is preserved in the Wade Deed, which says the land reverts to them if the city violates the deed, the appeal says. Evan Macdonald,, "Jeptha Wade’s descendants appeal ruling in years-long land dispute with Cleveland Botanical Garden," 9 Aug. 2019 Maria reveals herself to be a Skrull, and Nick Fury reverts to a Skrull form too. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home has two scenes that appear during the credits. (Spoiler alert.)," 2 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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Revert.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 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

Other Words from revert

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

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