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revert

[ri-vurt] /rɪˈvɜrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc.:
They reverted to the ways of their forefathers.
2.
Law. to go back to or return to the former owner or to his or her heirs.
3.
Biology. to return to an earlier or primitive type.
4.
to go back in thought or discussion:
He constantly reverted to his childhood.
noun
5.
a person or thing that reverts.
6.
Law. a reversion.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
1, 3. retrogress.
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Examples from the web for reverting
  • 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.
  • And promotions are reverting back to an exams-based system.
British Dictionary definitions for reverting

revert

verb (rɪˈvɜːt) (intransitive) 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
noun (ˈriːˌvɜːt)
7.
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 reverting

revert

v.

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.

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reverting 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.

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