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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But this analysis was vulnerable to a classic research problem of reverse causality: school reopening may have led to more frequent testing and detection of infections that would have otherwise gone unrecorded. Vinay Prasad, STAT, 22 Feb. 2021 In addition to raising rates, its main lever, the Fed plans on June 1 to put its bond-purchase stimulus program in reverse, further tightening financial conditions by adding upward pressure on long-term yields and mortgage rates. Don Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The rejection Monday came as JetBlue sweetened its offer with pledges to divest assets and include a $200 million reverse breakup fee. Mary Schlangenstein, Fortune, 2 May 2022 The same staffer responded and picked up Hancey after police sent out a reverse 911 call to everyone in a 2-mile radius. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Authorities sent out a reverse 911 alert asking people within a half-mile radius of the hotel to avoid the area. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Jules's graphic inner corner liner and Maddy's reverse cat eye in season two have also secured spots as some of the hottest looks from the HBO series. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 28 Apr. 2022 But anyone waiting to see New Yorkers flooding into New Jersey probably shouldn’t expect to see a reverse pipeline materialize any time soon, especially after New York City decriminalized use of the drug in recent months. Gina Cherelus, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The Dollar House bill is being considered alongside two other housing proposals championed by Mosby that would award home-repair grants up to $50,000 and offer assistance for older adults who have defaulted on reverse mortgages. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Six zig-zags (where trains reverse several times to gain height) and five loops extend the railway's length, ensuring that the gradients are not too steep for trains to climb. Ben Jones, CNN, 9 May 2022 Experts warned there are three things in particular that, alone or together, could reverse all the progress of recent months and send COVID cases and deaths skyrocketing, potentially prolonging the pandemic into its third year — or longer. David Axe, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022 That could reverse, if more employers require in-person attendance and workers return to downtown offices and worksites. Danny Dougherty, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 In addition to more trains, Metra is tweaking the Union Pacific Northwest schedule to address early shifts and reverse commutes, with six outbound trains leaving before 9 a.m. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Unless Baffert can reverse Wingate's decision, though, the Churchill ban will be mostly moot and the Hall of Fame trainer will have two weeks to prepare for temporarily going out of business. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 21 Mar. 2022 No guarantees exist, of course, and upward movement could reverse at anytime for a number of reasons. John Navin, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 Soybeans are the biggest money-maker for Brazil, the majority going to China, and shortages could reverse recent gains in the relationship’s growth. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 But the war is barely two weeks old, and in Washington and European capitals, officials anticipate that the Russian military will reverse its early losses, setting the stage for a long, bloody insurgency. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sorting machines, which use a sort of magnet in reverse to eject the metal, can help separate aluminum packaging of many sizes, and cleaning methods are often able to handle leftover residues and most paints. Katie Becker, Allure, 20 May 2022 The derailment came two days after an ascending escalator malfunctioned at the Back Bay Station and suddenly plummeted in reverse, causing a bloody pileup of people at the bottom. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 Now that wave is flowing in reverse, with rates rising and the Fed shedding bonds from its balance sheet at a rate of $95 billion a month. Brett Owens, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Another great feature in some riding mowers is a button that is located behind the driver that must be pushed in order to go in reverse. Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 The final motion of the rowing stroke is essentially all of the first three steps in reverse. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 The same holds in reverse for those on the right who insist that those protesting the overturning of Roe are complaining about the loss of a constitutional right that never should have been considered a right in the first place. Damon Linker, The Week, 13 May 2022 As 2022 began, the Fed started putting that process in reverse, pulling money out of the economy to push up interest rates. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 In the latest quarter, this process worked in reverse, reducing the headline figure. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Reverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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.

reverse

transitive verb
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

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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