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 revert (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 The routes will revert back to their previous schedule – which means trains will continue to travel through Cleveland in the early morning hours. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Amtrak to restore daily service through Cleveland; major Ohio rail expansion pushed by advocates," 24 Mar. 2021 If community spread is considered high, then middle schools and high schools should revert to 6 feet of social distance, under the new guidance. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "CDC says 3 feet of social distance is OK for students in schools," 19 Mar. 2021 Old ones revert to unsightly public health hazards in a matter of weeks. oregonlive, "Dumptown: How Portland’s trash problem spiraled out of control," 12 Mar. 2021 In coming months, Erdogan may well revert to the kind of quick fix economic policies that made Turkey so fragile in the first place. Ian Bremmer, Time, "How Erdogan's Increasingly Erratic Rule in Turkey Presents a Risk to the World," 4 Mar. 2021 For this year at least, the National League will revert to pitchers hitting, meaning no universal DH. Globe Staff,, "MLB to require players, staff to wear electronic tracers as part of COVID-19 protocols in 2021," 9 Feb. 2021 Negotiators have 15 weeks until the end of the Brexit transition period, after which the U.K. and EU will revert to quotas and tariffs for products if no deal is reached. Suzi Ring,, "U.K., EU Bodies Warn of Drug Delays Ahead of Final Brexit Talks," 28 Sep. 2020 In Cook’s masterful hands, there are no easy answers to the question of whether humans can actually revert to their wild selves. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "‘The New Wilderness’: Humanity returns to nature in Diane Cook’s timely ecological tale," 9 Aug. 2020 The expansion of the Child Tax Credit is only designed for one year, which means the program may revert to its previous form in 2022. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Child Tax Credit: Millions of parents could soon get up to $3,600 per child," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Revert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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 revert (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 revert (audio) \ adjective

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