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verb revert pronunciation in British English /rɪˈvɜː(r)t/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereverting
past tensereverted
past participlereverted
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phrasal verb

revert to

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrevert to
he/she/itreverts to
present participlereverting to
past tensereverted to
past participlereverted to
  1. 1
    revert to something to return to a previous state or way of behaving, often one that is not good

    If you revert to your old eating habits, you’ll gain weight again.

    The house reverted to its former state of disrepair.

  2. 2
    revert to something to start talking about something that you were talking about earlier

    Sensing her uneasiness, Joseph reverted to their discussion about the weather.

  3. 3
    revert to someone legal if property reverts to its previous owner, it is returned to that owner
  4. 4
    revert to type to start behaving in your normal way again after appearing to change

    Once he’s had a girlfriend for a week or two, he reverts to type and starts chasing other girls.


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