- 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 reverted
Lonard thinks ha-ha-ha and tells Bantam that the rights have reverted to him, which they have.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
Finally, in the following episode—last Sunday's "Oathkeeper"—Jaime reverted right back to his good old sympathetic self.Why We Should Pretend the ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape Scene Never Happened
May 4, 2014
He had reverted to the controlling and abusive figure who had forced her to flee in the first place.Threats Preceded High-Rise Suicide, New York Mom Says
December 24, 2013
Last fall, North Carolina reverted to form and voted for Mitt Romney.North Carolina Punishes Owners of Gas Efficient Cars
June 11, 2013
Rakoff reverted to form, living up to his growing reputation as a judge who is soft on white-collar crime.Ex-Goldman Board Member Boss Rajat Gupta Sentenced for Insider Trading
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October 25, 2012
When they were sitting at the door in the semidusk, he reverted to the idea.Way of the Lawless
To gain a diversion, he reverted to his familiar bullying tactics.Within the Law
She reverted to the subject a little later, while she washed the dishes and Alice wiped them.Alice Adams
When he returned Diane reverted to something he had said before.The Night Riders
She reverted to it presently as she was going indoors alone with her cousin.The Snare
- 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 reverted
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.