What does revert mean?

Definitions for revert

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word revert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn backverb

    go back to a previous state

    "We reverted to the old rules"

  2. revertverb

    undergo reversion, as in a mutation


  1. revertnoun

    One who, or that which, reverts.

  2. revertnoun

    A convert to Islam.

  3. revertnoun

    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.

  4. revertverb

    To turn back, or turn to the contrary; to reverse.

  5. revertverb

    To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.

  6. revertverb

    To cause to return to a former condition.

  7. revertverb

    To return; to come back.

    If they attack, we will revert to the bunker.

  8. revertverb

    To return to the possession of.

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

  9. revertverb

    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.

  10. revertverb

    To return to a former practice, condition, belief, etc.

  11. revertverb

    To return to an earlier or primitive type or state; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.

  12. revertverb

    To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse.

    Phosphoric acid in certain fertilizers reverts.

  13. revertverb

    To return to a previous subject of discourse or thought.

  14. revertverb

    To convert to Islam.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Revertnoun

    Return; recurrence. A musical term.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Hath not musick her figures the same with rhetorick? what is a revert but her antistrophe? Henry Peacham, of Musick.

  2. To REVERTverb

    Etymology: reverto, Lat.

    Wretched her subjects, gloomy sits the queen,
    Till happy chance revert the cruel scene;
    And apish folly, with her wild resort
    Of wit and jest, disturbs the solemn court. Matthew Prior.

    The stream boils
    Around the stone, or from the hollow’d bank
    Reverted plays in undulating flow. James Thomson.

  3. To Revertverb

    To return; to fall back.

    Etymology: revertir, old Fr.

    My arrows,
    Too slightly timbred for so loud a wind,
    Would have reverted to my bow again. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    If his tenant and patentee shall dispose of his gift without his kingly assent, the lands shall revert to the king. Francis Bacon.


  1. revert

    Revert generally means to return to a previous state, condition, or behavior. It's often used to refer to going back to a previous version of something, such as a software version, or to describe someone who's returned to old behaviors or habits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revertverb

    to turn back, or to the contrary; to reverse

  2. Revertverb

    to throw back; to reflect; to reverberate

  3. Revertverb

    to change back. See Revert, v. i

  4. Revertverb

    to return; to come back

  5. Revertverb

    to return to the proprietor after the termination of a particular estate granted by him

  6. Revertverb

    to return, wholly or in part, towards some preexistent form; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type

  7. Revertverb

    to change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse; thus, phosphoric acid in certain fertilizers reverts

  8. Revertnoun

    one who, or that which, reverts

  9. Etymology: [L. revertere, reversum; pref. re- re- + vertere to turn: cf. OF. revertir. See Verse, and cf. Reverse.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Revert

    rē-vėrt′, v.t. to turn or drive back: to reverse.—v.i. to return: to fall back: to refer back: to return to the original owner or his heirs.—adjs. Rēver′tant (her.), flexed, bent twice at a sharp angle; Rēver′ted, reversed; Rēver′tible, that may revert or be reverted; Rēver′tive, tending to revert: changing: turning to the contrary.—adv. Rēver′tively, by way of reversion. [Fr.,—L. revertĕre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of revert in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of revert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of revert in a Sentence

  1. Scott Lasley:

    Sen. Paul reaffirmed his intent to pay for the caucus. $250,000 is to be raised or transferred to (the Republican Party of Kentucky) by September 18. If the money is not there by the 18th, it will revert back to a presidential primary instead of the caucus, details on the remaining balance will be determined as the process unfolds.

  2. James Overland:

    It is cold and dark in the Arctic so it will revert to its colder temperatures, but every warm air moving into the Arctic keeps it from getting really cold like it used to. It has a minor, long-term effect, thinner ice and warmer temperatures overall.

  3. Michelle Anthony:

    The more meanness they see being successful or rewarded in the home or in their environment, the more children will revert to those mean behaviors themselves when faced with challenging social situations.

  4. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Minister (Aryeh) Deri informed me of his intent to resign from the Economy Ministry in order to allow for the completion of the proceedings. The ministry will revert to me and I will authorise the outline.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    It is not an economy that's built for the 21st century. Unfortunately, those forces for modernization inside of Russia, I think, have been sidelined. That's bad for Russia and, over time, it's bad for the United States, because if Russia is doing badly, the concern is that they revert to old expansionist ideas that really shouldn't have any application in the 21st century.

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Translations for revert

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  • العودةArabic
  • revertirSpanish
  • palata, kääntyjä, taantua, [[kääntyä]] [[takaisin]], peruuttaa, palauttaa, palaaja, käännynnäinen, perääntyä, palautuaFinnish
  • conversion, revenirFrench
  • powrócićPolish
  • возвращатьсяRussian
  • återgåSwedish

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