Definition of revert in English:



  • 1[no 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Death then is a returning or reverting to the former state - dust - of the ground.’
    • ‘The Swan Hotel in Gargrave was to revert to its former name, the Old Swan Inn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Early in the twentieth century the word reverted to a noun to describe a family holiday home.’
    • ‘Anyway, having thrown out this soiled bath water, let us revert to the words of Paul Celan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maksimir is gradually being overhauled to double its all-seater capacity to 60,000, and may also revert to its former name Stadion Dinamo.’
    • ‘There would be no one to manage the walls, some areas would revert to scrub and bracken and eventually trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ric hooks back up with his old sidekick Wazzock; the two of them soon revert to their rebellious former selves.’
    return, go back, come back, change back, retrogress, regress, default
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    1. 1.1Convert to (the Islamic faith)
      ‘I reverted to Islam five years ago’
      • ‘My name is Amina and I reverted to Islam five years ago.’
      • ‘Can you tell us in details, how did you revert to Islam?’
      • ‘(I reverted to Islam some 20 years ago.)’
      • ‘All of my relatives are still Christian and I with my kids are the only one who reverted 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.’
      • ‘She has also requested to make Dua for all her family members, especially for her mother to revert to Islam. [ Tariq Sayeed ]’
      • ‘Non Muslim traders reverted to Islam after mixing with the scholars of Islam.’
      • ‘This results in the entire royalty reverting 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.’
      • ‘In principle, if a woman reverts to Islam and her husband does not do so, her marriage will be invalidated immediately.’
      • ‘One of our colleagues has reverted to 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This shows that they evolved from normal ancestors and only secondarily reverted to radial symmetry.’
      • ‘Instead an adult stem cell would be forced to ‘dedifferentiate’, or revert to its more embryonic pluripotent state.’
      • ‘Horses, too, have reverted to an ancestral state, with ‘all the fine breeds we had degenerated into the small mustang horse you know today’.’
    3. 1.3Law (of property) return or pass to (the original owner) by reversion.
      • ‘Councils would carry out repairs if required and the property would revert to the owner once the cost of any renovation had been recovered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He submits that assets which become the property of the Trustee do not revert to the Bankrupt upon the Bankrupt's discharge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 with types/size available and cost of the same and associated equipments.’
    • ‘Sources said he will be given seven days to listen and watch the video recording of the meeting and revert to the committee.’
    • ‘I have sought the comments of director, CBI on your letter and will revert to you thereafter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We messaged them, asking if they had consciously avoided each other at the party, but the two did not revert.’
    • ‘He said that his party had formed a committee to study the entire matter and would revert on the matter after that.’
    • ‘When we enquired about the victim, he placed us on hold and then reverted with complete details of the hospital and nature of injuries.’
    • ‘Kindly revert back as often as required till all your queries are fully resolved.’
    • ‘During my free time on the set I revert back to text messages or I read books.’
  • 3archaic [with object] Turn (one's eyes or steps) back.

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


  • 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 return to a position and return to a person (after estrangement).