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Definition go back to a previous state

Revert or reversion can also have a specialized meaning in the law with regard to property. Archaically, it can refer to physically turning away from something.
  • Since everything at the shack had reverted back to its original desolation, Mack had begun to wonder if Missy's body might still be in the cave.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • If there be no offspring, born or unborn, said share will revert to the estate.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Andie had reverted to her old cheery self after Amy returned.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • If that is your choice, Longbottom, we revert to the original plan.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "That's it!" cried Clare, pleased to think that she had reverted to the real pronunciation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • His clothes had reverted to the normal mortal ones we'd bought him in Cairo, but somehow he still looked quite imposing, quite confident.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • By consequence, all political power has reverted to its original source, the people of the nation.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • The carefully clipped topiaries that lined the drive had reverted to scraggly bushes, and weeds had claimed all the formal flower beds.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • A hundred cultured boys and girls slipping back to illiteracy, back to the stone age, the veneer sloughing away .... reverting to savagery.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • For months, I kept expecting him to revert to his old ways, and I watched for it, ready to call him on it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Forgetting his regulation language, this poor Frenchman had reverted to speaking his own mother tongue to fling out one supreme plea!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • At Home I reverted to the old Pattyn, the one unlikely to draw much attention to herself.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • O'Donnell, who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, reverts to his soldier days and snaps to attention as a sign of numb respect.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • When it made contact with his skin, he grunted once and then reverted to silence.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • He endeavoured to soothe me as a nurse does a child and reverted to my tale as the effects of delirium.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • At one time it had for a little while glowed more brilliantly again, but it speedily reverted to its sullen red heat.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • These words, uttered with severity, made Master Olivier's face revert to its insolence.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "I don't know about that," and Tom's countenance darkened, for his memory reverted to his kicking.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • With this object I shall be obliged to retrace some of the steps which I have already taken, and to revert to topics which I have before discussed.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • His mind reverted to the astonishing revelations of the last half-hour.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express

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