Definition of revert in English:



  • 1revert tono object Return to (a previous state, practice, topic, etc.)

    ‘he reverted to his native language’
    ‘he ignored her words by reverting to the former subject’
    • ‘He said that although the barbecue would be in 18th century style, the hotel will not be reverting to a former custom of putting people in the stocks outside.’
    • ‘I just go back to this whole issue of reading speeches and express the hope that we might revert to previous Standing Orders, which forbade that practice.’
    • ‘The Swan Hotel in Gargrave was to revert to its former name, the Old Swan Inn.’
    • ‘Ric hooks back up with his old sidekick Wazzock; the two of them soon revert to their rebellious former selves.’
    • ‘Early in the twentieth century the word reverted to a noun to describe a family holiday home.’
    • ‘Ms Frost, who has been running the college since the departure of Robin Currie last December, will revert to her former post of director of corporate services and deputy chief executive.’
    • ‘Anyway, having thrown out this soiled bath water, let us revert to the words of Paul Celan.’
    • ‘Maksimir is gradually being overhauled to double its all-seater capacity to 60,000, and may also revert to its former name Stadion Dinamo.’
    • ‘It underwent a change of ownership and name in the Eighties when it became the Grey Desire, then a couple of years ago it changed hands again and reverted to its former name.’
    • ‘Yezad, on the other hand, gradually reverts to the Parsi religious practice of his ancestors, in spite of his earlier skepticism and to the delight of his devout wife.’
    • ‘Teachers were shown in the early stages of their teaching after the training to be utilizing the ideas, but eventually they reverted to previous practices.’
    • ‘Another time I'd casually written that now I'd had the pleasure of ‘going out’ with a much younger man, I'd be very surprised if I ever reverted to my previous habit of dating oldsters.’
    • ‘There would be no one to manage the walls, some areas would revert to scrub and bracken and eventually trees.’
    • ‘‘The figures are largely positive, but I am a bit concerned that the Government is reverting to its previous pattern of under-spending,’ said Mr Boyle.’
    • ‘But at a meeting of the Tone St traders on Monday, July 14 a significant majority voted in favour of reverting to the former traffic system on the street.’
    • ‘Death then is a returning or reverting to the former state - dust - of the ground.’
    • ‘I thought that you could just give it a try and that if you didn't like it you were free to revert to your former habits.’
    • ‘In other words, I reverted to a song when I wasn't getting any laughs, which was more often than I care to remember.’
    • ‘If, for example, other people come back on to the council and there is an attempt to revert to the previous practices, I will have no hesitation but to move.’
    • ‘But the reprieve for grammar schools is probably too late for Kingston Grammar to revert to its former direct-grant status as it is now formally established as an independent institution.’
    return, go back, come back, change back, retrogress, regress, default
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    1. 1.1 Convert to (the Islamic faith)
      ‘I reverted to Islam five years ago’
      • ‘In principle, if a woman reverts to Islam and her husband does not do so, her marriage will be invalidated immediately.’
      • ‘(I reverted to Islam some 20 years ago.)’
      • ‘My name is Amina and I reverted to Islam five years ago.’
      • ‘One of our colleagues has reverted to Islam.’
      • ‘She has also requested to make Dua for all her family members, especially for her mother to revert to Islam. [ Tariq Sayeed ]’
      • ‘This results in the entire royalty reverting to Islam.’
      • ‘Dr Murad Wilfried Hofmann, Ex-German diplomat and author of ' Islam: the Alternative ', ' Islam 2000 ', ' Voyage to Makkah ', reverted to Islam in 1980.’
      • ‘Can you tell us in details, how did you revert to Islam?’
      • ‘Non Muslim traders reverted to Islam after mixing with the scholars of Islam.’
      • ‘All of my relatives are still Christian and I with my kids are the only one who reverted to Islam.’
      • ‘I supplicate to Allah for my father and brother to accept Islam Still they are not aware that I have reverted towards Islam.’
    2. 1.2Biology Return to (a former or ancestral type)
      ‘it is impossible that a fishlike mammal will actually revert to being a true fish’
      • ‘Horses, too, have reverted to an ancestral state, with ‘all the fine breeds we had degenerated into the small mustang horse you know today’.’
      • ‘This shows that they evolved from normal ancestors and only secondarily reverted to radial symmetry.’
      • ‘We checked in each of the 72 lineages whether the original mutation had reverted to its ancestral wild-type state by performing consensus population sequencing.’
      • ‘They do look more like miniature aurochs, but that is because they have not been selectively bred for beef or milk, and cattle that have been left to their own devices will tend to revert to ancestral type.’
      • ‘Instead an adult stem cell would be forced to ‘dedifferentiate’, or revert to its more embryonic pluripotent state.’
    3. 1.3Law (of property) return to (the original owner) by reversion.
      ‘in the event of the building ceasing to become a school, ownership would revert to the Church’
      • ‘Councils would carry out repairs if required and the property would revert to the owner once the cost of any renovation had been recovered.’
      • ‘He submits that assets which become the property of the Trustee do not revert to the Bankrupt upon the Bankrupt's discharge.’
      • ‘The new law means that if the trustee does not choose to sell the bankrupt's home within three years of the bankruptcy order being made, the property reverts to the bankrupt and their home is safe.’
      • ‘The landlord's interest in respect of possession of the property is deferred to that of the tenant until the lease terminates, at which time the property reverts to the landlord.’
      • ‘When they came to an end, the property would revert to Mr Derby, or, if he was dead, would form part of his estate and devolve according to the terms of his will, or by the rules of intestate succession.’
      be returned
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  • 2Indian no object Reply or respond to someone.

    ‘we texted both Farah and Shirish, but neither of them reverted’
    ‘if interested, kindly revert with your updated resume’
    • ‘Kindly revert back as often as required till all your queries are fully resolved.’
    • ‘My producer will revert to them.’
    • ‘To a request from the college that the civic authority construct a wall for the hostel, she said she would revert to the college after discussing it with the mayor.’
    • ‘When we enquired about the victim, he placed us on hold and then reverted with complete details of the hospital and nature of injuries.’
    • ‘Sources said he will be given seven days to listen and watch the video recording of the meeting and revert to the committee.’
    • ‘During my free time on the set I revert back to text messages or I read books.’
    • ‘We messaged them, asking if they had consciously avoided each other at the party, but the two did not revert.’
    • ‘I have sought the comments of director, CBI on your letter and will revert to you thereafter.’
    • ‘Kindly revert with types/size available and cost of the same and associated equipments.’
    • ‘He said that his party had formed a committee to study the entire matter and would revert on the matter after that.’
  • 3archaic with object Turn (one's eyes or steps) back.

    ‘on reverting our eyes, every step presented some new and admirable scene’
    • ‘Edmund reverted his attention to the front of the class, on hearing those words.’
    • ‘Nathaniel reverted his attention to her sister when she finally called his name.’
    • ‘The two stared at each other for a moment, and then reverted their gaze to something else.’
    • ‘I asked as I reverted my gaze to the burly man at the wheel.’
    • ‘Haley reverts her eyes to the cement edge of the pool, as her friend focuses on the swimmer approaching them.’


  • A person who has converted to the Islamic faith.

    • ‘My wife is a revert to Islam and Alhamdulillah we try to practice deen twenty-four hours in our life.’
    • ‘I am a revert to Islam from a very orthodox Christian family.’


Middle English: from Old French revertir or Latin revertere ‘turn back’. Early senses included ‘recover consciousness’ and ‘return to a position’.