revert to

revert to

1. To return to a prior condition, state, behavior, or practice. The entire city had reverted to candlelight after the power outage continued for its fifth straight day. The intense trauma has caused the victim to revert to a fragile, childlike state.
2. To become or return to the possession of the legal proprietor. The land will revert to the banks if we aren't able to keep up with the mortgage payments. As stipulated in his will, Montgomery's estate reverts to his eldest son.
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revert to someone or something

 
1. to return to some type of person or a former state. After he was out of prison, he reverted to a life of crime. She quickly reverted to her childhood dialect after a few weeks at home.
2. to become the property of someone, a group, or an institution. At the end of ten years, this house and the land it sits on reverts to the youngest living child. Then the property reverts to the state.
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revert to

v.
1. To return to some former condition, practice, subject, or belief: When the computerized accounting system failed, we reverted to using paper spreadsheets.
2. To return to some former owner or the heirs of the former owner. Used of money or property: At the end of 100 years, all privately held land in the park will revert to the government.
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References in classic literature ?
Besides, he that clears at once will relapse; for finding himself out of straits, he will revert to his custom: but he that cleareth by degrees, induceth a habit of frugality, and gaineth as well upon his mind, as upon his estate.
Nevertheless, as our varieties certainly do occasionally revert in some of their characters to ancestral forms, it seems to me not improbable, that if we could succeed in naturalising, or were to cultivate, during many generations, the several races, for instance, of the cabbage, in very poor soil (in which case, however, some effect would have to be attributed to the direct action of the poor soil), that they would to a large extent, or even wholly, revert to the wild aboriginal stock.
I believe (if the case here supposed really happens) that the money must revert to the testator's estate.
Timothy's hold on life, as you may have apprehended, was ever of the slightest, and I suppose I always knew that he must soon revert to the obscure.
Then he would suddenly revert to the matter of the food I withheld from him, praying, begging, weeping, at last threatening.
It may be easily imagined how the relationship between Aramis and a seamstress who called the queen her sister amuse the young men; but Aramis, after having blushed two or three times up to the whites of his eyes at the gross pleasantry of Porthos, begged his friends not to revert to the subject again, declaring that if a single word more was said to him about it, he would never again implore his cousins to interfere in such affairs.
In her letter today, Ms Mbete said she was currently consulting on the request and would revert to Mr Malema.
But, how long will it take for the ratio to revert to the mean?
Ali and Othman who both work at a printing firm were inspired by Sheikh Muhammed Al-Aidroos to revert to Islam.
SIR - I feel sorry for Josephine Thompson, of Fairwater, that she feel insulted when Welsh-speaking people revert to their mother tongue, in her presence.
Warning about a potential mortgage arrears crisis in the making, the bank said that interest-only loans taken out during the boom could revert to full-repayment arrangements.
The chairman may now revert to his favoured two-tiered management system, with a director of football and an emasculated coach.
The good to firm areas are likely to revert to good, with the current good areas reverting to the easier side of that description.
NNA - 4/6/2011 Senior Iranian Spiritual Guide, Ayatullah Khamenei, stated that the whole of Muslim Palestine must revert to the fold of Islam as an Islamic province.
But answering an urgent question in the Commons Mr Green said: "In the interim I can announce that the Government will not be seeking to extend the order allowing the maximum 28 day limit and accordingly the current order will lapse on January 25 and the maximum limit of pre-charge detention will from that time revert to 14 days.