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 Horton-Tucker rewarded the trust, getting his own rebound after a wild shot and making a reverse layup, just beating the shot clock and icing the win. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "‘We played Laker basketball’: Five takeaways from the Lakers’ win over the Nuggets," 4 May 2021 Another Towns bucket, a dunk from Edwards and a reverse layup from Hernangomez pushed that lead to 98-89 as the Wolves restored order. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Make it three in a row: Timberwolves beat Houston 114-107," 27 Apr. 2021 Miami’s defense was lacking early as the Hawks led 62-61 at halftime, and the Heat trailed by as many as 16 when Brandon Goodwin hit a reverse fast-break layup with 8:45 left in the game. George Henry, ajc, "Bogdanovich, Collins lead injury-depleted Hawks past Heat," 24 Apr. 2021 Lillard scored on a reverse layup but Brooks came right back with a layup in transition, and the game was tied at 123-123 with just under two minutes on the clock. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers can’t slow down Memphis Grizzlies’ transition offense, fall 130-128: Game rewind," 23 Apr. 2021 The Celtics clawed back behind Tatum, who drilled a 3-pointer, a short jumper and a tough reverse layup to help Boston pull within 108-106 with 4:17 left. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Kyrie Irving takes over with 40 points as Nets hold off Celtics, and other observations," 11 Mar. 2021 With under five minutes left and Michigan leading by two, Dickinson barreled over E.J. Liddell along the baseline, missed a reverse layup with his right hand, grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back up. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball freshman Hunter Dickinson's game vs. Ohio State was sign of his growth," 22 Feb. 2021 The reverse merger with Roth Acquisition II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), was announced April 14. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Reservoir Releases Financial Statements Ahead of Becoming Publicly Traded," 22 Apr. 2021 This month, thousands of people have been seen heading to railway stations and bus stops in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, yet the central government has maintained that no reverse migration is taking place. Tara John, CNN, "India's health care system close to collapse," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A few days after the council vote, a political committee called United for Mesa was formed to launch a referendum campaign to try to reverse the decision via citywide ballot. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Effort to repeal Mesa's LGBTQ protections has enough signatures to go to voters," 5 May 2021 Now, the Biden administration is taking concrete steps to reverse that decision and redirect what is left of the ten-figure sum back into Pentagon projects. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Pentagon halts border wall construction paid for with defense funds redirected by Trump," 1 May 2021 The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by a Pennsylvania school district seeking to reverse a sweeping lower court decision that said what students say off campus after hours is strictly off-limits for punishment by school officials. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Supreme Court debates student free speech rights on social media," 28 Apr. 2021 Speakers will explain the current situation and what legal steps are underway in an attempt to reverse the Kane County Clerk’s Office’s decision to not levy taxes for the two boards. chicagotribune.com, "Elgin News Digest: New playground at Lords Park will gather user feedback; work starts on new South Elgin Boys & Girls Club clubhouse; support event for mental health boards planned," 28 Apr. 2021 Brian Betley said the union will file a grievance and take the case to arbitration to try to reverse Howard’s decision. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cleveland police supervisor fired, accused of attacking woman while on-duty in 2017," 24 Apr. 2021 The governor’s full Commission on Senior Services sent a letter Jan. 25 asking her to reverse the decision. oregonlive, "Oregon delayed COVID-19 vaccinations for seniors. Here’s how many have died since.," 18 Apr. 2021 Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked an Arkansas law prohibiting abortions performed solely on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "April 16, 2021: This week in Arkansas news," 16 Apr. 2021 The agency agreed to look into it, but it isn’t known if Abbott would issue such an order or whether the Texas Supreme Court would reverse its decision to let the eviction ban expire last week. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Texas lawmakers want state to find a way to halt evictions until backlogged rental relief is sent," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the reverse is also true: when communication breaks down, cells can go haywire. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Persuading the Body to Regenerate Its Limbs," 3 May 2021 Older and richer people tend to spend less and save more as a percentage of income, and the reverse is true for younger and poorer people. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Covid-19 Savings Stockpile Could Accelerate Economy—if Consumers Spend It," 2 May 2021 But in Ohio the reverse may be true because the Ohio General Assembly offers a higher salary - $67,493 for most members, plus health care and other benefits. cleveland, "Ohio ranks below national average in percentage of women holding elected city, township offices," 30 Apr. 2021 But the reverse could be true, immigration advocates say. Brian Bennett, Time, "Why Letting in More Refugees Could Work for President Joe Biden," 21 Apr. 2021 In the Brooklyn Center shooting, the reverse is true. Randy Furst, al, "Daunte Wright’s Alabama aunt: ‘Can we get a conviction?’," 16 Apr. 2021 Working against her: While the run-up to Davis’s first Oscar was marked by charges that her character had too much screen time to compete in Supporting Actress, the reverse is true this year. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Who the Heck Is Going to Win Best Actress?," 8 Apr. 2021 But the reverse is also a possibility: that unvaccinated people, tiring of restrictions, will start to follow the behavior of vaccinated people. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "With COVID-19 restrictions easing in Connecticut and everyone anxious for a return to normalcy, health experts warn risks remain," 12 Mar. 2021 For women, regrets about love (romance/family) were more common than regrets about work (career/education), while the reverse was true for men. Adrian R. Camilleri, Quartz, "Valuable lessons for making difficult decisions," 5 Mar. 2021

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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)

: 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.

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

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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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