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

switch

Synonyms: Noun

knock, lapse, reversal, setback

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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

The Jazz led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, going up 61-46 on a reverse dunk from Thabo Sefolosha. John Coon, The Seattle Times, "Mitchell powers Jazz to 128-124 win over Wizards," 29 Mar. 2019 This includes more specialized services such as reverse logistics and outbound product shipment. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Logistics Firm Ryder System Names New CFO as It Looks to Cut Costs, Expand Business," 27 Mar. 2019 In a reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and socket joint is replaced in reverse. Elise Riley, azcentral, "Raise your hand," 2 July 2018 Vaden allegedly drove the car in reverse out of the parking lot and onto Green Bay Avenue. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man allegedly steals 113 lighters, flees Glendale police driving backward," 3 Apr. 2018 Turn off the engine and remove the cables in reverse order, being careful to not let the clamps touch any metal surface. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Important Facts (And Myths) About Your Car Battery," 17 May 2017 All of the 10 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal expect the central bank to keep the benchmark 7-day reverse repo rate at 6.0% also because the global economic growth this year isn’t expected to be as rosy as predicted earlier. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Bank Indonesia Likely to Keep Rate Steady on Thursday: Poll," 16 Jan. 2019 Two of these suggestions could decrease noise right next to the airport: not using the runway closest to the airport boundary when traffic is less busy, and asking pilots to curtail noisy reverse engine thrusts on landing. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "As Sea-Tac Airport traffic booms, distant neighborhoods are noisy despite FAA plan," 25 Oct. 2018 An elderly woman was parked in front of the building and intended to put the car in reverse to exit the lot, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Car Crashes Into Hartford Laundromat," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On November 1, the restrictive policy in Pennsylvania was reversed after a coalition of local opponents sued. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How the State, Prisons, and Guards Keep Books from Incarcerated People," 12 Dec. 2018 Now the stats on commercial space launches are reversed. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 But, this culture has spread so much, though, that sometimes their direction is reversed. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 Another $272 million was later added to that fine to account for Apple’s continued use of the patent, but that will presumably be thrown out now that the underlying judgment has been reversed. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple wins appeal of $234 million patent dispute with university," 28 Sep. 2018 Turn to men, though, and the situation is reversed. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Work is getting better, especially for women," 14 July 2018 The ruling was reversed after the umpires met and said Benintendi was out of the baseline, deleting his hit. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Madeira's Andrew Benintendi falls short in All-Star Final Vote," 11 July 2018 Up a set and serving for the second, Federer got angry at a call that was reversed by the Hawk-Eye system. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Was Roger Federer's Wimbledon collapse the worst of his career? Ranking his five biggest losses.," 11 July 2018 In a unanimous ruling announced in May, the Nevada Supreme Court decided not on procedural grounds—not pharmacological ones—to reverse the lower court's decision. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If anything, given the marginal value of the 10 billionth dollar to somebody, the lower subsidy rate should seem to attach to the wealthier person rather than the reverse. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The case against billionaire philanthropy," 17 Dec. 2018 For instance, completing 10 shoulder presses and then 10 reverse flyes. SELF, "Your Guide to Navigating the Free Weights at the Gym," 12 Jan. 2019 The pickup driver, John Gale, who was hit in his arms, threw his truck into reverse and fled with his unharmed child. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "13-Year-Old Killed in Front of Mom in Road Rage Shooting After Man Allegedly Follows Them to Dentist," 20 June 2018 As the stimulus is ended and then withdrawn by letting the bond holdings run down over a period of years, those effects will go into reverse. David Mchugh, USA TODAY, "European Central Bank holds on interest rate hike, sets end date for stimulus program," 14 June 2018 In the beginning of the video, the car is seen pulled off the left side of the main road, identified at US 33 and throws it into reverse, backing it all the way to a shopping complex parking lot. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Watch: Pro tip from Ohio Department of Transportation, don't drive like this guy," 6 June 2018 Start by taking a big step back with your left leg into a reverse lunge. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Do a Turkish Get-up," 8 Feb. 2019 Compost facilities struggle with the same problem in reverse. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Compostables, Meant to Cut Plastic Waste, Are Stumbling," 22 Jan. 2019 Hold for one breath then push off your right foot, bringing it back into a reverse lunge. Philly.com, "Short on time? Try this 20-minute interval circuit," 16 Mar. 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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The first known use of reverse was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for reverse

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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