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.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all government agencies to revert to the national government fund all their accounts payable, which remain outstanding for two years or more.
But another customer, who wished not to be named, said he had followed instructions offered by Bulb, only for his meter to revert to Welsh afterwards.
Air Itam will revert to its gazetted name of Ayer Itam while road names containing the names of historical figures will also revert to the original spelling of the personality's names.
Given this background, the principle of the change of use is supported, allowing Lochiel House to revert to a previous use as previously permitted."
CONCESSIONARY tariff rates slapped on certain imported farm goods should automatically revert to their levels in 2012 once the rice trade liberalization law takes effect on March 5, a high-ranking agriculture official told the BusinessMirror.
Summary: Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Jan 22 (ANI): Saying that electronic voting machines (EVMs) have turned out to be a big threat to democracy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has demanded the Election Commission of India (ECI) to seek opinion of all political parties and revert to the paper ballot system.
It is understood that nine clubs wanted to revert to the old system, while 11 teams voted to keep the new system at the Premier League meeting in London yesterday.
The Grand Slam Board announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila)that it has given up its earlier-stated intention to revert to 16 seeds in 2019.
Just what forces kicked in to start crude's relentless price climb and force the oil-gold price ratio to revert to its mean?