revert

verb

re·​vert ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio)
reverted; reverting; reverts

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 adjective

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 Brooklyn seemed to revert back to his childhood style while sporting a red Le Coq Sportif crewneck, jeans and Dr. Marten boots. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 Considering the franchise’s early identity as the Buffalo Braves and San Diego Clippers was built on the orange and blue color scheme, this could’ve been an opportunity to revert back. Shane Young, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Instead of just reverting back to your typical, daily decor, embrace this opportunity to inject a bit of post-holiday energy into your home. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 At some point on July 20th, Mr. Newman turned into a Graphics 71 employee for four hours but then reverted back to a NewmanPR employee to be reimbursed for supper and lodging. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 The internet would revert back to a broadcast model, with every company erring on the side of removing any controversial speech for fear of being sued out of existence. Aaron MacKey, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 After 2023, the SALT cap would revert back to $10,000 per filer, regardless of filing status, until the end of 2025, when the deduction limit will expire, along with many other provisions from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 If that happens again, the big moves higher for stocks and lower for bond yields may need to revert. Stan Choe The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 20 Jan. 2024 Within days of running out of the miracle-working product, my hair reverted back to looking and feeling dry and weak. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of revert was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Revert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revert. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

revert

verb
re·​vert ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio)
1
: to come or go back
reverted to the customs of their ancestors
2
: to experience reversion

Medical Definition

revert

intransitive verb
re·​vert ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio)
: to undergo reversion
revertible adjective

Legal Definition

revert

intransitive verb
re·​vert ri-ˈvərt How to pronounce revert (audio)
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 estateW. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
2
: to return to the grantor or his or her heirs as a reversion
revertible adjective

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