- to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc.: They reverted to the ways of their forefathers.
- Law. to go back to or return to the former owner or to his or her heirs.
- Biology. to return to an earlier or primitive type.
- to go back in thought or discussion: He constantly reverted to his childhood.
- a person or thing that reverts.
- Law. a reversion.
Origin of revert
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Examples from the Web for revert
I asked him to describe the U.S. mission that will likely revert back to the embassy it was more than a half century ago.Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
December 18, 2014
If a bad edit appeared, the community could simply get rid of it by clicking on a “revert” link.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
And will Pam and Cheryl revert back from the Coke Monster and Cherlene?'Archer Creator Adam Reed on 'Vice,' Season 6's 'Unreboot,' and New Characters
August 5, 2014
Classically, by turning on/off several genetic switches, scientists can revert cells to a less specialized stage.Gene Editing Could Erase HIV
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Michael Zhang
June 11, 2014
For her sake, New York cannot revert to the way it used to be.Why New York—and Bill de Blasio—May Haunt Hillary Clinton in a 2016 Campaign
June 2, 2014
I revert, then, to my statement that God's relation to punishment is chiefly verbal.The Conquest of Fear
I am aware that I point the passage differently, while I revert to the old text.A Dish Of Orts
It is necessary to revert to the other evening, after you took your leave.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Was he going to revert to the filthy cooking of imaginary figures?His Masterpiece
And now to revert more particularly to our home life in the shanty.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- to go back to a former practice, condition, belief, etcshe reverted to her old wicked ways
- to take up again or come back to a former topic
- biology (of individuals, organs, etc) to return to a more primitive, earlier, or simpler condition or type
- US to reply to someonewe will revert to you with pricing and other details
- property law (of an estate or interest in land) to return to its former owner or his heirs when a grant, esp a grant for the lifetime of the grantee, comes to an end
- revert to type to resume characteristics that were thought to have disappeared
- a person who, having been converted, has returned to his former beliefs or Church
Word Origin and History for revert
c.1300, "to come to oneself again," from Old French revertir "return, change back," from Vulgar Latin *revertire, variant of Latin revertere "turn back, turn about; come back, return," from re- "back" (see re-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Of position or property from mid-15c.; application to customs and ideas is from 1610s.
- To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.
- To undergo genetic reversion.