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 Kupp caught a 65-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter on a double reverse flea-flicker from Goff, and the duo teamed up for a 40-yarder shortly after halftime to set up another score. BostonGlobe.com, "Aaron Rodgers threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Aaron Jones on a big night for the Green Bay running back, and the Packers held off backup quarterback Matt Moore and the Chiefs, 31-24, in Kansas City.," 28 Oct. 2019 Kupp caught a 65-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter on a double reverse flea-flicker from Goff, and the duo teamed up for a 40-yarder shortly after halftime to set up another score at Wembley Stadium. oregonlive, "Cooper Kupp’s career day powers the Los Angeles Rams past the Cincinnati Bengals in London: Recap, score, stats and more," 27 Oct. 2019 Two weeks ago against Oklahoma State Texas pulled off a reverse flea flicker that resulted in a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cade Brewer. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Tricky Texas still has some secrets left for Oklahoma," 9 Oct. 2019 Then, after the electricity suddenly cut out, the more conventional - in the Michele-Gucci sense - show began in reverse direction on the runway. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gucci takes a kinky turn; Dolce&Gabbana give a jungle roar," 22 Sep. 2019 In 2015 Germany introduced reverse auctions, in which producers bid to supply energy at the lowest possible subsidy. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Unrealistic Economics of the Green New Deal," 13 Feb. 2019 Hoping to continue the excitement from last season's Champions League, adidas have produced an all-new ball with a reverse colour block. SI.com, "Champions League: adidas Unveil Official Ball for 2019/20 Group Stage Games," 17 Sep. 2019 That happened, in the reverse direction, with the Diamondbacks in 2005, when they were granted permission to speak with then-San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Red Sox front office shakeup has Diamondbacks’ GM Hazen in rumor mill," 9 Sep. 2019 True, the play had an unusual structure, with its reverse chronology. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Morehouse College in Atlanta planned faculty furloughs, but reversed course about two weeks ago to prevent a faculty walkout. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "University of West Ga. may cut faculty to fill $3 million revenue gap," 8 Nov. 2019 An American Christian missionary in Syria, David Eubank, has been posting near-daily photos and videos on Twitter, displaying the unfolding crisis in real time and pleading for Trump to reverse course. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'It is a zone of death, and we're complicit': Why Evangelicals are upset with Trump's Syria policy," 3 Nov. 2019 The Purdue offense did its job, scoring a go-ahead touchdown on a David Bell reverse on the ensuing possession, but the weary Boilermaker defense needed to make a stop with the game hanging in the balance. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue defense stops Nebraska late, pulls out close win," 2 Nov. 2019 This is a particular challenge in predicting new targets for glioblastoma, Parkinson’s, and other conditions for which no treatment has yet been shown to reverse the disease course. Alix Lacoste, STAT, "AI will revolutionize drug discovery — but only if experts are involved," 1 Nov. 2019 The drivers took off, traveling north on Interstate 45 before reversing course and heading south toward downtown. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Suspects lead deputies on 120-mile, high-speed chase across Harris County, constable’s office says," 31 Oct. 2019 Wisconsin is one of only two states that generally do not permit expungements for cases in which the person is found not guilty or the charges are dismissed or reversed on appeal. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Oct. 2019 Wisconsin is one of only two states that generally do not permit expungements for cases in which the person is found not guilty or the charges are dismissed or reversed on appeal. Natalie Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin lawmakers seeking to expunge marijuana convictions," 28 Oct. 2019 On Thursday, after assisting Major League Baseball in its investigation of the episode, the team reversed course. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Brandon Taubman, Astros Executive, Is Fired Over Outburst," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of immediately pulling over, the woman drove in reverse, stopped in the middle of the road, then pulled forward before finally stopping. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man banned from gym for rude behavior; ‘unnatural bulges’ betray hidden marijuana: Berea police blotter," 8 Nov. 2019 The Luxury Irrawaddy voyages travel between Yangon and Mandalay (or the reverse) January through March, and October through December. Mark Orwoll, Condé Nast Traveler, "On a Myanmar River Cruise, a Rare Chance to Interact With Burmese Monks," 26 Sep. 2019 The Broncos’ defense has allowed just one run of more than 15 yards (the Bears’ Cordarelle Patterson on a wide receiver reverse, 46) and held the Raiders to 98 yards rushing in the opener. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos Scouting Report: How Denver matches up against the Packers and predictions," 21 Sep. 2019 Tragically truncated lives tend to be told in reverse, as narratives of inevitability, thick with prefigurations of death. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea at age 33. His art still haunts," 5 July 2019 There’s a risk now of the reverse happening, as global banks prepare to move thousands of staff and 800 billion pounds ($1 trillion) of assets to the continent because of Britain’s looming departure from the EU. Washington Post, "The Brexit Threat to London’s World-Class Legal Business," 18 Sep. 2019 The man allegedly put the maintenance truck into reverse and quickly backed up, crashing into a semitractor, state police said. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana officers shoot at suspect fleeing police in stolen maintenance vehicle; 3 face charges," 5 Sep. 2019 Past research showed that gaining entry to Russell benchmarks bolstered stock prices as traders snapped up shares of the new additions, while the reverse happened to companies that were dropped. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Russell Rebalancing Brings Frenzy to a Summer Friday," 27 June 2019 The brain drain of educated professionals would need to go into reverse to staff everything from hospitals to oil rigs. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019

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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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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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