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revert

[ ri-vurt ]
/ rɪˈvɜrt /
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verb (used without object)
to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc.: They reverted to the ways of their forefathers.
Law. (of assets) to go back to or return to the former owner or to their heirs.
Biology. to return to an earlier or primitive type.
to go back in thought or discussion: He constantly reverted to his childhood.
noun
a person or thing that goes back.
Law. a reversion.
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Origin of revert

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English reverten, from Old French revertir, Anglo-French reverter, and Latin revertere “to turn back,” equivalent to re- re- + vertere “to turn”; see verse

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British Dictionary definitions for revert

revert

verb (rɪˈvɜːt) (intr foll by to)
noun (ˈriːˌvɜːt)
a person who, having been converted, has returned to his former beliefs or Church

Derived forms of revert

reverter, nounrevertible, adjective

Word Origin for revert

C13: from Latin revertere to return, from re- + vertere to turn

usage for revert

Since back is part of the meaning of revert, one should not say that someone reverts back to a certain type of behaviour
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