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.