reverse

adjective
re·​verse | \ ri-ˈvərs How to pronounce reverse (audio) \

Definition of reverse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : opposite or contrary to a previous or normal condition reverse order
b(1) : having the back presented to the observer or opponent
(2) : made with one's back to the basketball net a reverse layup
2 : coming from the rear of a military force
3 : acting, operating, or arranged in a manner contrary to the usual
4 : effecting reverse movement reverse gear
5 : so made that the part which normally prints in color appears white against a colored background

reverse

verb
reversed; reversing

Definition of reverse (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to turn completely about in position or direction
b : to turn upside down : invert
c : to cause to take an opposite point of view reversed herself on the issue
2 : negate, undo: such as
a : to overthrow, set aside, or make void (a legal decision) by a contrary decision
b : to change to the contrary reverse a policy
c : to undo or negate the effect of (something, such as a condition or surgical operation) had his vasectomy reversed
3 : to cause to go in the opposite direction especially : to cause (something, such as an engine) to perform its action in the opposite direction

intransitive verb

1 : to turn or move in the opposite direction the count's waltzing … consisted … of reversing at top speed— Agatha Christie
2 : to put a mechanism (such as an engine) in reverse
reverse field or reverse one's field
: to make a sudden reversal in direction or opinion

reverse

noun

Definition of reverse (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something directly contrary to something else : opposite
2 : an act or instance of reversing especially : defeat, setback suffered financial reverses
3 : the back part of something especially : the side of a coin or currency note that is opposite the obverse
4a(1) : a gear that reverses something also : the whole mechanism brought into play when such a gear is used
(2) : movement in reverse
b : an offensive play in football in which a back moving in one direction gives the ball to a player moving in the opposite direction
in reverse
: in an opposite manner or direction

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Other Words from reverse

Adjective

reversely adverb

Verb

reverser noun

Synonyms for reverse

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb

reverse, transpose, invert mean to change to the opposite position. reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning. reversed his position on the trade agreement transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position. transposed the letters to form an anagram invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out. the number 9 looks like an inverted 6

Examples of reverse in a Sentence

Adjective Can you say the alphabet in reverse order? The drug is used to lower blood pressure but may have the reverse effect in some patients. Verb The runners reversed their direction on the track. There is no way to reverse the aging process. Can anything reverse the trend toward higher prices? Reverse the “i” and “e” in “recieve” to spell “receive” correctly. My mother and I reversed our roles. Now I'm taking care of her. We're going to reverse our usual order and start with Z. Noun The building appears on the reverse of the coin. Please sign your name on the reverse. I put the car in reverse and backed out of the garage.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Drexler's reverse layup gave Portland a 103-99 lead with 2:39 remaining in the extra session, but the Spurs came back with two baskets to tie the count. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers classics: Portland beats San Antonio Spurs to advance to 1990 Western Conference finals for 2nd time in franchise history," 28 Apr. 2020 If society is undergoing a giant breaching experiment, then McKeown suggests we’re all suddenly running reverse pilots in our individual lives. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "For perhaps the first time, millions are asking: Is my job essential?," 28 Apr. 2020 His son and political successor, Kim Jong Il, got the reverse treatment on December 19, 2011, when North Korean state media announced that Jong Il had died. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "What Happens If Kim Jong Un Dies?," 23 Apr. 2020 The displays can stay illuminated for more than 10 seconds after the vehicles are shifted out of reverse gear. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. Audubon names new leader," 9 Apr. 2020 The apocalyptic scenes of reverse migration, the panic over food within just days of the lockdown, and the crisis in Indian hospitals, are all signs of a frail state cracking under pressure. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, "A Major Outbreak of Coronavirus Will Test India's Healthcare, Governance and Social Cohesion to the Limit," 7 Apr. 2020 The deposit refund program, introduced in 2016, returns a €0.10 surcharge on drink containers when the empty bottles are fed into reverse vending machines. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Tapirs return to Brazilian forest, and more," 3 Apr. 2020 Since then, essential services have struggled to function, mass reverse migration of daily-wage workers is on, and instances of police brutality have increased. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Urban Indians are confident about the coronavirus lockdown but anxious about jobs," 31 Mar. 2020 To investigate the slab’s origins, a team led by Kyle Harper, a Roman historian at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, extracted a small sample from its reverse side and chemically analyzed its composition. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Analysis Refutes Nazareth Inscription’s Ties to Jesus’ Death," 23 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Streaming has since reversed the industry’s fortunes, consistently pushing up revenues across the board since 2014. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Autonomous vehicles make sense in the coronavirus. But they’re hurting," 27 May 2020 Three weeks after announcing Nuvo's plans to cease operations, publisher and editor Kevin McKinney posted an update Monday that reverses the earlier decision. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Nuvo cancels plans to shut down, citing reduced costs for website operations," 26 May 2020 After mounting criticism that the policy put the most vulnerable people at risk and contributed to a high number of fatalities, New York reversed course May 10. Fox News, "Cuomo attempts to deflect blame of deadly nursing home coronavirus debacle on to Trump," 24 May 2020 The rollback of clean-water protections is, according to the New York Times, one in a list of nearly 100 environmental rules that the Trump administration is reversing, revoking or rolling back. Ian James, azcentral, "Private meetings spark concerns as Arizona considers rules for streams and wetlands," 21 May 2020 North America's most in-demand jockey — the 2020 leader in both mounts (655) and victories (132) — abandoned his efforts to have the suspension reversed on Wednesday and will be out of action through June 3. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Jockey Luis Saez drops appeal of suspension from 2019 Kentucky Derby disqualification," 21 May 2020 The machine-learning algorithms behind many recent AI milestones can't be programmed or reverse-engineered in the same way as conventional software. Tom Simonite, Wired, "As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?," 19 May 2020 In Rocinha, residents donated hundreds of masks to a government-run health clinic, reversing expected leadership roles by providing help to the state. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "A helping hand? Amid pandemic, gangs cast themselves as protectors.," 19 May 2020 The argument that the world is overpopulated—and that control of birth rates holds the key to reversing climate change—dates back to Malthus, and remains a stubborn presence in the climate change debate today. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Making Life Cheap," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last memory has to be a face: glimpsed at a distance, as in a telescope in reverse. Joyce Carol Oates, Harper's Magazine, "Still Life," 25 May 2020 Now that this process is in reverse, how will things unfold? Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "The internal and external migrants, together, pose a refugee crisis that India is ill-prepared for," 18 May 2020 But only two that have run the table in reverse and going 0-16. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals Xtra: As they get closer to infamy, will Bengals stick with Finley?," 23 Nov. 2019 D’Marquez Williams ran for a 10-yard touchdown on a reverse and Nick Sumerlin, who was 15-of-30 passing for 174 yards and one interception, threw a 4-yard touchdown to Isaiah Dixon with 3:50 to play. al, "McGill-Toolen clobbers Baker for milestone win," 24 Oct. 2019 Joseph fired a touchdown pass to Burke after a trick play on a reverse and the Eagles added a two-point conversion to push the lead to 36-3 late in the second quarter. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, "Atlantic’s Joseph (4 TDs) too much for Glades Central," 14 Sep. 2019 Wedington, a redshirt sophomore, had a 60-yard kickoff return, a 17-yard run on a reverse and a 25-yard catch along with his first career TD. Harold Gutmann, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Mistakes, missed opportunities doom Stanford in loss to USC," 8 Sep. 2019 The officer immediately unlocked the doors and used his Taser to try to stop the suspect, but the man fought back, jamming the SUV into reverse and fleeing the scene. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "A Dayton stabbing suspect stole and crashed a police SUV, killing 2 children and injuring 9 people," 27 Aug. 2019 The driver then put the car in reverse, nearly hitting the officer, according to FOX 2. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale woman arrested after allegedly attempting to run over police officer," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reverse

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reverse

Adjective

Middle English revers, from Anglo-French, from Latin reversus, past participle of revertere to turn back — more at revert

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The first known use of reverse was in the 14th century

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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for reverse

reverse

adjective
How to pronounce reverse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reverse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: opposite to what is usual or stated
: opposite to the front

reverse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reverse (Entry 2 of 3)

: to change (something) to an opposite state or condition
: to cause (something, such as a process) to stop or return to an earlier state
: to change the order or position of (two things or a series)

reverse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reverse (Entry 3 of 3)

: something that is opposite to something else
: the back side of a coin, document, etc.
formal : a change that makes something worse

reverse

adjective
re·​verse | \ ri-ˈvərs How to pronounce reverse (audio) \

Kids Definition of reverse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : opposite to a previous, normal, or usual condition reverse order
2 : opposite to the front the reverse side

reverse

verb
reversed; reversing

Kids Definition of reverse (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to turn completely around or upside down or inside out The jacket reverses.
2 : to change the order or position of Reverse the vowels to correctly spell the word.
3 : to change or cause to change to an opposite or former state, condition, or view The court reversed a decision.
4 : to go or cause to go in the opposite direction

reverse

noun

Kids Definition of reverse (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something opposite to something else : contrary The river flows west to east, not the reverse.
2 : an act or instance of changing to an opposite or former state, condition, view, or direction a reverse of plans
3 : the back part of something the reverse of a coin
4 : a gear that reverses something Put the car in reverse.
re·​verse | \ ri-ˈvərs How to pronounce reverse (audio) \
reversed; reversing

Medical Definition of reverse

: to change drastically or completely the course or effect of: as
a : to initiate recovery from reverse a disease
b : to make of no effect or as if not done reverse a surgical procedure

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reverse

verb
re·​verse
reversed; reversing

Legal Definition of reverse

transitive verb

: to set aside or make void (a judgment or decision) by a contrary decision — compare affirm

intransitive verb

: to reverse a decision or judgment for these reasons, we reverse

Other Words from reverse

reversible adjective

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