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Chapter 16. Roots: Doing > -vert-, -vers-

-vert-, -vers-

-Vert- and the form we find in nouns, -vers-, come from the Latin word vertere, meaning “to turn.” Revert, for example, means “turn back” or “return.” Its noun forms are reverse and reversion, meaning “turned back.”

Convertible is a term popularized by the automobile industry in the 1950s, although use of the word is far from being limited to autos. The term uses a meaning of the root -vert- that indicates “to change,” and means “changeable.”


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