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


regress, retrogress, return


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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Ensuring virulence can’t be restored But what if researchers created a vaccine from a weakened live virus that’s unlikely revert to virulence? Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide," 13 Sep. 2019 Ownership of the names then will revert to the federal government, leaving no question as to whether the park can continue using them, Gediman said. Los Angeles Times, "People cried when Yosemite restored historic names like the Ahwahnee. Here’s why," 16 July 2019 Lefthander Framber Valdez, who had an uneven performance in his most recent start, will return to the bullpen as the Astros revert to a four-man pitching rotation for the rest of the regular season. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros to roll with 4-man rotation for rest of season," 8 Sep. 2019 In several cases, Fishkin’s team has checked back with participants about a year after the experiment and found that, while some had reverted to their old positions, over-all the effect held. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What Happens When a Group of Strangers Spends a Day Debating Immigration?," 23 July 2019 Once the pitcher throws a strike and the Giants feel the bunt is off, Longoria will retreat and move into the shortstop spot or run to the second-base side of the bag while Crawford reverts to the left side as the only fielder. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ old-school players are buying into new-school defensive shifting," 4 July 2019 The trust is now contending that because the volunteer district has abandoned the building, the property should revert to the land trust’s ownership. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Julian volunteer firefighters nearing end of court fight to save their department," 8 Sep. 2019 The new bill in many ways reverts to an earlier version fiercely opposed by the Realtor group. Los Angeles Times, "Newsom and top California lawmakers strike a deal to cap rent increases," 30 Aug. 2019 In the 1965 case Texas v. New Jersey, the Supreme Court ruled that, if the address of the owner is known, all of their unclaimed property should revert to their state of residence. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, "What Happens to All Those Unused Gift Cards," 27 Aug. 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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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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