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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: revertir, from Latin revertere 'to turn back', from vertere 'to turn'

revert

verb
     
re‧vert

revert to somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to change back to a situation that existed in the past [= go back to]:
The city reverted to its former name of St Petersburg.
After a few weeks, everything reverted to normal.
2 formal to return to an earlier subject of conversation [= go back to]:
To revert to the question of exams, I'd like to explain further.
3 lawSCL if land or a building reverts to its former owner, it becomes their property again

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