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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 type

To return to usual behavior or form after a temporary change, typically an improvement. Jenny has been very gracious since she joined our department, but I'm afraid she may revert to type once the newness wears off. The administration had made strides in transparency, but with how evasive it's been on this latest issue, it looks like it is reverting to type.
See also: revert, type
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

revert to ˈtype

(formal) return to the way you would expect somebody to behave when you remember their family, sex, work, history, etc: The team had two very unexpected wins, but have now reverted to type and lost the last two games.
See also: revert, type
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

revert to

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.
See also: revert
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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An official source, who also requested to remain anonymous, said most of the reverted officers lacked qualification and experience in their respective fields.
HELPING THE REVERTED: Abdur Rahman, an administrator at the Islamic Social Services Association, Unity Centre, Loudoun Square, Cardiff PICTURE: Peter Bolter
Apparently he too had reverted to the wild-type virus: His T cells are now back up over 200, and his viral load is a manageable 400.
The judges said he agreed with the state court ruling in DeSantis v White Rose in 1991, wherein a co-op reverted back to rent stabilization when the former owner foreclosed.
What it generates are savings from operations after deducting all the operating expenses, which are reverted to and formed part of the CF,' the commission said.
by Al Sayyida Halima Al Busaidi/ Two dozen more people reverted to Islam in 2018 compared to the year before.
'I would like to propose that the party elections be reverted to manual method as further postponement of the election could affect the members' morale,' he added.
MANILA -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will be immediately turned over to the military police once he is arrested following the invalidation of his amnesty, which reverted his status to an active military personnel, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said Tuesday.
The DOE will also allow an end-user who reverted to being supplied by the DU to go back to the GEOP.
He also disciplined and reverted 24 police personnel in Larkana district on various charges including negligence from duties and public complaints.
HYDERABAD -- A meter Supervisor and two Meter Readers of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company have been dismissed from their services while another Meter Supervisor has been reverted from his rank after completion of enquiry against them on charge of negligence in duties and issuing wrong bills to consumers.
The program began with a recitation of the Holy Qur'an by Mohammad Kareem who introduced two newly reverted Indians, Ali and Othman.
Wherever AV has been experienced, it has made FPTP more popular - both of the Canadian provinces that adopted AV quickly reverted to FPTP and opinion polls in every country that use AV show a majority wanting to revert to FPTP.
'Everything-personnel and equipment-under the NIR will have to be reverted to the regions where they used to belong,' the PNP spokesperson said.