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revert

verb backslide, change back, lapse, recede, regress, retreat, retrograde, retrogress, retrovert, reverse, turn back
See also: disorganize, escheat, recur, regress, relapse, repeat, return, revoke

revert

of an estate or interest in land, to return to its former owner or his heirs when a grant, such as a grant for the lifetime of the grantee, comes to an end.
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Having alluded to the subject of reversion, I may here refer to a statement often made by naturalists--namely, that our domestic varieties, when run wild, gradually but certainly revert in character to their aboriginal stocks.
Suppose the ball stopped twice at a dozen outer figures; it would then pass to a dozen of the first ones, and then, again, to a dozen of the middle ciphers, and fall upon them three or four times, and then revert to a dozen outers; whence, after another couple of rounds, the ball would again pass to the first figures, strike upon them once, and then return thrice to the middle series--continuing thus for an hour and a half, or two hours.
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.
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.
It is not surprising, therefore, to find that from the first the Boeotian school is forced to season its matter with romantic episodes, and that later it tends more and more to revert (as in the "Shield of Heracles") to the Homeric tradition.
Nephew Blifil, I leave you the heir to my whole estate, except only L500 a-year, which is to revert to you after the death of your mother, and except one other estate of L500 a-year, and the sum of L6000, which I have bestowed in the following manner:
But while you are wandering in foreign lands," I persisted, "do not your thoughts revert to some spo--some dear and--"
In order that the circumstances may be clearly understood, I must revert for a moment to the period before the assault, and to the stories current in our camp of the treasure in jewels and gold stored up in the Palace of Seringapatam.
Not to revert again to that little eccentricity which I mentioned just now, I doubt if you take air and exercise enough, Frederick.
Nine new Muslim reverts of different nationalities were honored at a reception at the Maulana Hifzur Rehman Seoharvi Academy, an organization that aims to spread Islam.
We have more than 200 reverts this year and the number is expected to increase during the Holy Month of Ramadan," said the spokesman.
It is expected that Greek government bonds may not be eligible as collateral at the European Central Bank (ECB) if the ECB reverts to pre-crisis rules.