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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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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

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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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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Reverting to our ordinary topics of conversation, we touched on the subject (always interesting to my mother) of my visit to Shetland.
When I look at my ain celeebrity I joost ask, as the Psawmist asked before me, 'Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?' It seems ye've something to say to me," he added, suddenly reverting to the object of Anne's visit.
" he wondered, reverting to the question which Anne had put to him at parting.
Some have also complained that reverting to English can prove difficult, as the navigation menu is also entirely in Welsh.
Also reverting to Islam this May were two Sri Lankans, two South African and eight other nationals.
The lowered tariffs on MDM and turkey offal would remain until 2020 before reverting to its original rate of 40 percent in 2021, or when the government passes a rice tariffication law, whichever comes first.
In short, the oil-gold price ratio would start reverting to its mean, with most of the work being done by price increases in oil.
Some Muslims use the phrase 'reverting to Islam' to describe those embracing the religion, as they believe all humans are Muslims at birth.
6.50 Tramore Richard Power Private Client Handicap Hurdle 2m ATR Card page 71 ST LAWRENCE GAP, winner of this event a year ago, has been in good form on the Flat in recent months and will be reverting to hurdles for the first time since October, writes Tony O'Hehir.
REVERTING to the smaller obstacles, Colin Bowetrained Sharlanda should prove tough to beat in the Everyone Loves Downpatrick Mares Handicap Hurdle tomorrow.
A FOUNDER member of Europe's biggest ram sale has called on the UK Government to do more to keep sheep on the hills and prevent them from reverting to wilderness.
Summary: The controversial power to detain terror suspects for 28 days without charge will be allowed to lapse next week, reverting to 14 days.
Less than two years after 98FM changed its name to Dublin's 98, the station appears to be quietly reverting to its old title.
"Reverting to Islam has helped me come to terms with understanding life."
Nationwide Building Society has a two-year fixed rate mortgage of 6.25%, reverting to lender's standard variable rate for rest of the term, currently 6.49%.