Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.
  • intransitive v. Law To return to the former owner or to the former owner's heirs. Used of money or property.
  • intransitive v. Genetics To undergo reversion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, reverts.
  • n. A convert to Islam.
  • n. The act of reversion (of e.g. a database transaction or source control repository) to an earlier state.
  • v. To turn back, or turn to the contrary; to reverse.
  • v. To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.
  • v. To cause to return to a former condition.
  • v. To return; to come back.
  • v. To return to the possession of.
  • v. To cause (a property or rights) to return to the previous owner.
  • v. To return to a former practice, condition, belief, etc.
  • v. To return to an earlier or primitive type or state; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.
  • v. To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse.
  • v. To return to a previous subject of discourse or thought.
  • v. To convert to Islam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, reverts.
  • intransitive v. To return; to come back.
  • intransitive v. To return to the proprietor after the termination of a particular estate granted by him.
  • intransitive v. To return, wholly or in part, towards some preëxistent form; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.
  • intransitive v. To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse.
  • transitive v. To turn back, or to the contrary; to reverse.
  • transitive v. To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.
  • transitive v. To change back. See Revert, v. i.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn about or back; reverse the position or direction of.
  • To alter to the contrary; reverse.
  • To cast back; turn to the past.
  • To turn back; face or look backward.
  • To come back to a former place or position; return.
  • To return, as to a former habit, custom, or mode of thought or conduct.
  • In biology, to go back to an earlier, former, or primitive type; reproduce the characteristics of antecedent stages of development; undergo reversion; exhibit atavism.
  • To go back in thought or discourse, as to a former subject of consideration; recur.
  • In law, to return to the donor, or to the former proprietor or his heirs.
  • In chem., to return from a soluble to an insoluble condition: applied to a change which takes place in certain superphosphates. See reversion, 8.
  • n. One who or that which reverts; colloquially, one who is reconverted.
  • n. In music, return; recurrence; antistrophe.
  • n. That which is reverted. Compare introvert, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go back to a previous state
  • v. undergo reversion, as in a mutation

Etymologies

Middle English reverten, from Old French revertir, from Vulgar Latin *revertīre, variant of Latin revertere : re-, re- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French revertir, from Vulgar Latin *revertio, variant of Latin reverto. (Wiktionary)

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