revert [ri vʉrt′]
[ME reverten < OFr revertir < VL * revertire, for L revertere < re-, back + vertere, to turn: see VERSE]
1. to go back in action, thought, speech, etc.; return, as to a former practice, opinion, state, or subject
2. Biol. to return to a former or primitive type; show ancestral characteristics normally no longer present in the species
3. Law to go back to a former owner or the heirs of such owner
a person or thing that reverts; esp., one who returns to a previous faith

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  • Revert — Re*vert , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reverted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reverting}.] [L. revertere, reversum; pref. re re + vertere to turn: cf. OF. revertir. See {Verse}, and cf. {Reverse}.] 1. To turn back, or to the contrary; to reverse. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • revert — re·vert /ri vərt/ vi 1: to come or go back (as to a former status or state) if the donee of a general power fails to exercise it...the appointive assets revert to the donor s estate W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. 2: to return to the grantor or his or …   Law dictionary

  • Revert — Patronyme assez fréquent en Normandie, notamment dans la Manche. Il semble s agir d un nom de baptême, comme l indique le hameau du Val Saint Revert à Roz sur Couesnon (35), à condition toutefois que la graphie du toponyme n ait pas été déformée …   Noms de famille

  • revert — ► VERB (revert to) 1) return to (a previous state, condition, etc.). 2) Biology return to (a former or ancestral type). 3) Law (of property) return or pass to (the original owner) by reversion. ORIGIN Latin revertere turn back …   English terms dictionary

  • Revert — Re*vert , v. i. 1. To return; to come back. [1913 Webster] So that my arrows Would have reverted to my bow again. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To return to the proprietor after the termination of a particular estate granted by him. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Revert — Re*vert , n. One who, or that which, reverts. [1913 Webster] An active promoter in making the East Saxons converts, or rather reverts, to the faith. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • revert — (v.) c.1300, to come to oneself again, from O.Fr. revertir, from V.L. *revertire, variant of L. revertere turn back, from re back (see RE (Cf. re )) + vertere to turn (see VERSUS (Cf. versus)). Of position or property from mid 15c.; application… …   Etymology dictionary

  • revert — [v] return to an earlier, less developed condition about face*, backslide, change, come back, decline, degenerate, deteriorate, fall off the wagon*, flip flop*, go back, hark back, inverse, invert, lapse, react, recrudesce, recur, regress,… …   New thesaurus

  • revert to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms revert to : present tense I/you/we/they revert to he/she/it reverts to present participle reverting to past tense reverted to past participle reverted to 1) revert to something to return to a previous state or …   English dictionary

  • revert — re|vert [ rı vɜrt ] verb * re vert to phrasal verb transitive 1. ) revert to something to return to a previous state or way of behaving, often one that is not good: If you revert to your old eating habits, you ll gain weight again. The house… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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