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.

1250–1300; Middle English reverten (< Old French revertir) < Latin revertere to turn back, equivalent to re- re- + vertere to turn; see verse

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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vb (foll by to)
1.  to go back to a former practice, condition, belief, etc: she reverted to her old wicked ways
2.  to take up again or come back to a former topic
3.  biology (of individuals, organs, etc) to return to a more primitive, earlier, or simpler condition or type
4.  (US) to reply to someone: we will revert to you with pricing and other details
5.  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
6.  revert to type to resume characteristics that were thought to have disappeared
7.  a person who, having been converted, has returned to his former beliefs or Church
[C13: from Latin revertere to return, from re- + vertere to turn]
usage  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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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to come to oneself again," from O.Fr. revertir, from V.L. *revertire, variant of L. revertere "turn back," from re- "back" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Of position or property from 1447; application to customs and ideas is from 1612.
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Medical Dictionary

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.

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Example sentences
Over the past few years, economists have been reverting to the view that
  population does indeed matter.
With each crisis, it pulls itself together long enough to stave off total
  catastrophe, before reverting to internal squabbling.
Cutting the stimulus and reverting to our crappy low value per dollar health
  care system won't do the trick by themselves.
His acting is understated, frequently reverting to little more than a stage
  whisper for the intimacy of the television cameras.
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