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

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 But those who are thinking about becoming pregnant need to eliminate high-protein food from their diets, monitor their intake of fruits, vegetables and pasta, and revert to drinking a medical formula. Frances Stead Sellers, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2022 But those who are thinking about becoming pregnant need to eliminate high-protein food from their diets, monitor their intake of fruits, vegetables and pasta, and revert to drinking a medical formula. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2022 One of the stock market's few certainties is that its drivers eventually revert to the traditional norms and ratios, or close to them, governed by such forces as overall economic growth and competition that imposes a cap on profitability. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 1 June 2022 Collins said if the historic ruling is indeed overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, the legal authority will revert to the states. al, 4 May 2022 However, Himelsein takes the approach that many price movements are likely to continue rather than revert to the mean. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Should the project not be fully funded by Nov. 30, the ordinance will be declared null and void, and the money will revert back to the county American Rescue Plan Committee for it to distribute to another project. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, 22 Mar. 2022 All middle and elementary schools in Jilin must revert to online classes while students and staff at universities must remain on campus, officials said. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 Gasoline prices have reached a historical high and fuel experts suggest that per-gallon averages won't revert to below $4 until November. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revert. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for revert

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.

revert

intransitive verb
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

revert

intransitive verb
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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