An example of revert is a sober alcoholic going back to drinking again.
- to go back in action, thought, speech, etc.; return, as to a former practice, opinion, state, or subject
- Biol. to return to a former or primitive type; show ancestral characteristics normally no longer present in the species
- Law to go back to a former owner or the heirs of such owner
Origin of revertMiddle English reverten from Old French revertir from Vulgar Latin an unverified form revertire, for Classical Latin revertere from re-, back + vertere, to turn: see verse
verbre·vert·ed, re·vert·ing, re·verts
- a. To go back to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief: a meadow reverting to forest; a reformed shoplifter reverting to old habits; a speaker reverting to her opening remarks.b. To resume using something that has been disused: had to revert to the typewriter when the computer failed.
- Law To be returned to the former owner or to the former owner's heirs. Used of money or property.
- Genetics To undergo reversion.
- Chiefly South Asian To reply.
- To cause to go back to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief: “The doctor was reverted to the rank of Assistant Surgeon” ( George Orwell )
- Law To return (an estate, for example) to the grantor or the grantor's heirs or successor.
Origin of revertMiddle English reverten from Old French revertir from Vulgar Latin revertīre variant of Latin revertere re- re- vertere to turn ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- One who, or that which, reverts.
- (in Muslim usage, due to the belief that all people are born Muslim) A convert to Islam.
- (computing) The act of reversion (of e.g. a database transaction or source control repository) to an earlier state.
- We've found that git reverts are at least an order of magnitude faster than SVN reverse merges.
(third-person singular simple present reverts, present participle reverting, simple past and past participle reverted)
- (now rare) To turn back, or turn to the contrary; to reverse.
- To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.
- To cause to return to a former condition.
- (intransitive, now rare) To return; to come back.
- If they attack, we will revert to the bunker.
- (intransitive) To return to the possession of.
- When a book goes out of print, rights revert from the publisher to the author.
- To cause (a property or rights) to return to the previous owner.
- Sometimes a publisher will automatically revert rights back to an author once a book has gone out of print.
- (intransitive) To return to a former practice, condition, belief, etc.
- (intransitive, biology) To return to an earlier or primitive type or state; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.
- (intransitive) To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse.
- Phosphoric acid in certain fertilizers reverts.
- (intransitive) To return to a previous subject of discourse or thought.
- (intransitive, in Muslim usage, due to the belief that all people are born Muslim) To convert to Islam.
- (intransitive, nonstandard, proscribed) To reply; to come back.
- Please revert before Monday.
From Old French revertir, from Vulgar Latin *revertio, variant of Latin reverto.