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[ri-vurt] /rɪˈvɜrt/
verb (used without object)
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
1250-1300; Middle English reverten (< Old French revertir) < Latin revertere to turn back, equivalent to re- re- + vertere to turn; see verse
Related forms
revertible, adjective
revertibility, noun
revertive, adjective
revertively, adverb
nonrevertible, adjective
nonrevertive, adjective
unreverted, adjective
unrevertible, adjective
unreverting, adjective
1, 3. retrogress. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reverted
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  • He now reverted to the form of the aphorism, and resolved to throw the materials of the Cogitata et Visa into this shape.

    Bacon Richard William Church
  • When they were sitting at the door in the semidusk, he reverted to the idea.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • There was a moment's pause, and then Tommy reverted to Mrs. Vandemeyer's death.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • She reverted to the subject a little later, while she washed the dishes and Alice wiped them.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Then the marine force ceased to be composed of two corps, artillery and infantry, and it reverted to a single one of infantry.

British Dictionary definitions for reverted


verb (rɪˈvɜːt) (intransitive) foll by to
to go back to a former practice, condition, belief, etc: she 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 someone: we 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
noun (ˈriːˌvɜːt)
a person who, having been converted, has returned to his former beliefs or Church
Derived Forms
reverter, noun
revertible, adjective
Usage note
Since back is part of the meaning of revert, one should not say that someone reverts back to a certain type of behaviour
Word Origin
C13: from Latin revertere to return, from re- + vertere to turn
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reverted in Medicine

revert re·vert (rĭ-vûrt')
v. re·vert·ed, re·vert·ing, re·verts

  1. To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.

  2. To undergo genetic reversion.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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