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From Old French revertir, from Vulgar Latin *revertiō, variant of Latin revertō.



revert (plural reverts)

  1. One who, or that which, reverts.
  2. (religion) One who reverts to that religion which he had adhered to before having converted to another
    • 2010, Kurt J. Werthmuller, Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt: 1218-1250, page 77:
      [...] Cyril III ibn Laqlaq’s correspondence which reflects genuine—if intentionally vague—concern for the secretive community of Christian converts and reverts [who had converted to Islam before].
  3. (Islam, due to the belief that all people are born Muslim) A convert to Islam.
    • 1997, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic horizons, page 27:
      Zeba Siddiqui, herself a revert and editor of the Parent's Manual: A Guide for Muslim Parents Living in North America, contributed to this book as a consultant.
    • 2001, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic horizons:
      Parents should not reject a proposal without good reason — and being a revert with a past is not an acceptable one.
  4. (computing) The act of reversion (of e.g. a database transaction or source control repository) to an earlier state.
    We've found that git reverts are at least an order of magnitude faster than SVN reverse merges.
  5. The skateboard maneuver of rotating the board 180 degrees or more while the wheels remain on the ground.
    • 2007, Friedrich von Borries, Steffen P. Walz, Matthias Böttger, Space Time Play: Computer Games, Architecture and Urbanism (page 124)
      In short tutorials, the player learns the basics of skating: reverts, manuals and the ollie []



revert (third-person singular simple present reverts, present participle reverting, simple past and past participle reverted)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To turn back, or turn to the contrary; to reverse.
  2. To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.
  3. (transitive) To cause to return to a former condition.
  4. (intransitive, now rare) To return; to come back.
    If they attack, we will revert to the bunker.
  5. (intransitive) To return to the possession of.
    When a book goes out of print, rights revert from the publisher to the author.
    1. (intransitive, law) Of an estate: To return to its former owner, or to his or her heirs, when a grant comes to an end.
  6. (transitive) To cause (a property or rights) to return to the previous owner.
    Sometimes a publisher will automatically revert rights back to an author once a book has gone out of print.
  7. (intransitive) To return to a former practice, condition, belief, etc.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in The China Governess[3]:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
  8. (intransitive, biology) To return to an earlier or primitive type or state; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.
  9. (intransitive) To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse.
    Phosphoric acid in certain fertilizers reverts.
  10. (intransitive) To take up again or return to a previous topic.
  11. (intransitive, in Muslim usage, due to the belief that all people are born Muslim) To convert to Islam.
    • 1995, Wizārat al-Iʻlām wa-al-Thaqāfah, “Sudanow”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 20:
      He added that Islam is the religion of justice which rejects injustice, referring to the case of Mike Tyson and how he has become a real problem to the West since he reverted to Islam.
    • 1997, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic horizons:
      The mission of 'translating' the Qur'an had preoccupied Pickthall's mind since he reverted to Islam.
    • 2003, Islamic Revival Association, Al Jumuʻah: Volume 15, Issues 7-12:
      But once he reverted to Islam, he attended as many lectures as he could, listened to Islamic tapes and the recitations of Qur'an. Subtly and gradually his moods were stabilized, and he started to have positive outlook on life.
  12. (intransitive, nonstandard, proscribed, originally India, now also Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong) To reply (to correspondence, for example).
    Please revert before Monday.
  13. (transitive, mathematics) To treat (a series, such as y = a + bx + cx2 + ..., where one variable y is expressed in powers of a second variable x), so as to find the second variable x expressed in a series arranged in powers of y.

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Usage notes[edit]

In the Islamic sense, revert, although popular colloquially, is objected to as illogical and inaccurate by many Muslims and some of Islam's authority figures on linguistic and theological grounds.[1][2]


  1. ^ Peña, Ricardo (May 15, 2019), “8 Reasons to Stop Using the Word "Revert"”, in The Mecca Center[1]
  2. ^ “Converts, Reverts, or New Muslims?”, in New Beginnings[2], January 13, 2022





revert m inan

  1. (law) the unauthorised return of the deportee to the place from which he was deported
  2. (computing) The act of reversion (of e.g. a database transaction or source control repository) to an earlier state.


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Further reading[edit]

  • revert in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957