Revert meaning

rĭ-vûrt
To cause to go back to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.
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To undergo reversion.
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To return (an estate, for example) to the grantor or the grantor's heirs or successor.
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To be returned to the former owner or to the former owner's heirs. Used of money or property.
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To go back in action, thought, speech, etc.; return, as to a former practice, opinion, state, or subject.
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To return to a former or primitive type; show ancestral characteristics normally no longer present in the species.
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To go back to a former owner or the heirs of such owner.
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A person or thing that reverts; esp., one who returns to a previous faith.
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To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.
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To undergo genetic reversion.
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One who, or that which, reverts.
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(in Muslim usage, due to the belief that all people are born Muslim) A convert to Islam.
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(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.

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(now rare) To turn back, or turn to the contrary; to reverse.
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To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.
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To cause to return to a former condition.
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(intransitive, now rare) To return; to come back.

If they attack, we will revert to the bunker.

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(intransitive) To return to the possession of.
  • (intransitive, law) Of an estate: To return to its former owner, or to his or her heirs, when a grant comes to an end.

When a book goes out of print, rights revert from the publisher to the author.

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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.

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(intransitive) To return to a former practice, condition, belief, etc.
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(intransitive, biology) To return to an earlier or primitive type or state; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.
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(intransitive) To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse.

Phosphoric acid in certain fertilizers reverts.

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(intransitive) To return to a previous subject of discourse or thought.
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(intransitive, in Muslim usage, due to the belief that all people are born Muslim) To convert to Islam.
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(intransitive, nonstandard, proscribed) To reply; to come back.

Please revert before Monday.

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Revert is defined as to return to something, someone or a previous way of being.

An example of revert is a sober alcoholic going back to drinking again.

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To reply.
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Origin of revert

  • Middle English reverten from Old French revertir from Vulgar Latin revertīre variant of Latin revertere re- re- vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French revertir, from Vulgar Latin *revertio, variant of Latin reverto.

    From Wiktionary