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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 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 ?
In a moment the polished English gentleman reverted to the naked ape man.
Inwardly as well as outwardly Tarzan had reverted to beast and in the lives of beasts, time, as a measurable aspect of duration, has no meaning.
"For some reason the women have not reverted to savagery so rapidly as the men.
At first, his mind reverted to Defarge, and he thought of finding out the wine-shop again and taking counsel with its master in reference to the safest dwelling-place in the distracted state of the city.
At one time it had for a little while glowed more brilliantly again, but it speedily reverted to its sullen red heat.
"That's it!" cried Clare, pleased to think that she has reverted to the real pronunciation.
Gervais intervened with a joke, and the talk reverted to its former lively tone.
Tarzan, reverted to the primitive by his accident, had no conception of the fabulous value of his find.
'All documented accounts payable for fiscal year 2016 and years prior thereto shall be reverted to the Accumulate, Surplus or Deficit of the General Fund, or the Cumulative Result of Operations of the National Government,' the order read.
"That idea is a good idea and it should be reverted to the Office of the Press Secretary kung kailan man gawin ni Presidente (whenever the President decides to do it).
The Ministry revealed in its report that 68 people from different nationalities reverted to Islam in the month of May, 88% of whom were women.
Zairil said there were proposals from stakeholders for the current Cheong Fatt Sze Street to be reverted to its former name, 'Hong Kong Street'.
Park planning official Jane Tennant said: "Lochiel House had previously been used as a hotel and it may have reverted to a residential house prior to being sold.
The BS-18 legal adviser Mukaram Khan has been reverted to BS-5 Typist, BS-17 health director Rafique Ahmed Rajput to BS-5 Junior Clerk, BS-17 taxation officer Abdul Wahab Rajput to BS-1 Naib Qasid, BS-17 Prosecuting Officer Altaf Baig to BS-5, BS-17 Chief Fire Officer Muhammad Yonus to BS-5 and BS-17 Assistant Director Health Aqeel Ahmed Khanzada to BS-6.
It is worth noting that, like Jastram, I find that oil prices have reverted to the long-run price of gold, rather than the price of gold reverting to that of oil.