[v] go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
[v] hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in SE Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back athe tide of communism"
[v] force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings; "Drive away potential burglars"; "drive away bad thoughts"; "dispel doubts"; "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
[v] retrace one's course; "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
arrest, backtrack, chase away, check, contain, dispel, double back, drive away, drive off, drive out, hold back, regress, retrovert, return, revert, run off, stop