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Meaning of REVERT

Pronunciation:  ri'vurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  undergo reversion, as in a mutation
  2. [v]  go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"

REVERT is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: regress, retrovert, return, turn back
 See Also: change by reversal, go back, mutate, recover, recuperate, resile, reverse, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    1. To turn back, or to the contrary; to reverse.
             Till happy chance revert the cruel scence. --Prior.
             The tumbling stream . . . Reverted, plays in
             undulating flow.                      --Thomson.
    2. To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.
    3. (Chem.) To change back. See {Revert}, v. i.
    {To revert a series} (Alg.), to treat a series, as y = a + bx
       + cx^{2} + etc., where one variable y is expressed in
       powers of a second variable x, so as to find therefrom the
       second variable x, expressed in a series arranged in
       powers of y.
  2. \Re*vert"\, v. i.
    1. To return; to come back.
             So that my arrows Would have reverted to my bow
             again.                                --Shak.
    2. (Law) To return to the proprietor after the termination of
       a particular estate granted by him.
    3. (Biol.) To return, wholly or in part, towards some
       pre["e]xistent form; to take on the traits or characters
       of an ancestral type.
    4. (Chem.) To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble
       state or the reverse; thus, phosphoric acid in certain
       fertilizers reverts.
  3. \Re*vert"\, n.
    One who, or that which, reverts.
          An active promoter in making the East Saxons converts,
          or rather reverts, to the faith.         --Fuller.