reverse

adjective
re·verse | \ri-ˈvərs \

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 & Antonyms for reverse

Synonyms: Verb

switch

Synonyms: Noun

back, rear, tail

Antonyms: Noun

face, forehead, forepart, front

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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

At the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, researchers led by Ryan O'Hayre are developing button-size reverse fuel cells. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 That would reduce withdrawals from the southern delta that cause harmful reverse flows in delta channels. Bettina Boxall, latimes.com, "Metropolitan Water District again approves delta tunnel funding," 11 July 2018 The top three spots were determined by the lottery, and then spots 4-14 fell in line of reverse order of record. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Suns land No. 1 overall pick in NBA draft," 16 May 2018 To assess attention and concentration, subjects are read a list of five digits and asked to repeat them in the order they were provided and then in reverse order. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?," 19 Jan. 2018 The late nights dealing with Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway once caused me to watch the movie Casino in reverse order. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar's new Indiana Pacers Insider: Meet J. Michael," 6 Apr. 2018 Large benches are built into the reverse sides of the huge letters, giving visitors a place to rest. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New giant BUCKS sign installed in front of the arena — right outside the Bucks Pro Shop," 14 June 2018 Flip and cook until golden on the reverse side, another 3 minutes. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Tyler Florence's Banana Pancakes with Pecans (recipe)," 21 Feb. 2018 In 2014, for example, Beijing installed reverse vending machines throughout the city that offered mobile phone minutes or public transport credits in exchange for plastic bottles. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Beijing gets tough on trash," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a statement, U.N. Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel to reverse its decision. Caron Creighton, Fox News, "UN criticizes Israeli closure of Gaza border crossing," 10 July 2018 Health law advocates have protested the cuts to CMS and asked the agency to reverse them. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Yarmuth demands answers from feds on Bevin's abrupt cuts to Medicaid," 10 July 2018 To my relief and the relief of Cardiff fans everywhere, Tan reversed his decision to change the kit colour after the outpouring of opposition to his decision. SI.com, "From Hero to Villain to Hero Again: The Vincent Tan Journey," 8 July 2018 Last week, President Donald Trump reversed a practice that separated migrant children from their parents, a move that came after many American citizens expressed outrage over the humanitarian crisis. Erin Coulehan, Glamour, "A Holocaust Survivor Reflects on the Lasting Impact of Family Separation and Deportation," 28 June 2018 Freeman-Wilson criticized Trump for signing an executive order separating families and then reversing it. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary mayor visits Texas border town but is denied entry to tent city full of migrant children," 22 June 2018 First Lady Melania Trump, who privately urged the president to reverse his controversial family separation policy, visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter in McAllen, Texas. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Despite Trump's promise to end family separations, officials have yet to issue a plan to reunite children with parents," 21 June 2018 The Common Council initially said no, but in November 1968 reversed itself, OK'ing just enough money for the space center to operate. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee once tried to launch its own space center. It never took off.," 12 June 2018 Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York urged Trump to reverse the decision. Mark Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, "Insurers oppose legal challenge to health law," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One option was a reverse merger with VMware, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in April. BostonGlobe.com, "Beef glut lowers prices ahead of Fourth of July holiday," 1 July 2018 Chicago cannabis grower and retailer Green Thumb Industries recently announced plans for a reverse merger with a defunct Canadian uranium mining firm. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "L.A. pot retailer MedMen has 12 shops, a $1.6-billion valuation and, coming soon, Canadian stock," 25 May 2018 Axios reported in March that FanDuel was in talks to go public via a reverse merger with Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company formed by media executive Jeff Sagansky. Fortune, "The Supreme Court Killed a Prohibition on Sports Betting. Now Let the Mergers Begin," 16 May 2018 Most of the pictures in the archive have handwritten notations on the reverse, according to Aldridge. James Rogers, Fox News, "Never-before-seen Winston Churchill WWII photos surface," 13 July 2018 The advantages of the reverse sear are easy to see. Nick Kindelsperger, charlotteobserver, "Can you cook a great steak indoors? Yes, if you learn this trick," 26 June 2018 He was assisted by Alexander Weiss, a serious reverse image of Mr. Sagar, who thought little of commuting between his home in Germany and Johannesburg. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 Step one leg back into a reverse lunge, bending your knees 90 degrees and keeping your weight in your front leg. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best Glutes Exercises," 19 June 2018 This is a reverse auction in which solar developers that offer to build and run projects most cheaply win. The Economist, "Can the solar industry survive without subsidies?," 14 June 2018

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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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reverse

adjective

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)

the reverse : something that is opposite to something else

the reverse : the back side of a coin, document, etc.

: a change that makes something worse

reverse

adjective
re·verse | \ri-ˈvərs \

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.

reverse

transitive verb
re·verse | \ri-ˈvərs \
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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