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 Lift one of the dumbbells off the ground and straight out to the side like a reverse fly, keeping your arm fully extended. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 23 June 2022 The reverse-psychology strategy is especially visible in the state's Senate Republican primary. Rick Klein, ABC News, 23 June 2022 At Calgary, Hedberg earned 10s from six of seven judges on his reverse 3 ½ somersault tuck off 10-meter. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 Other basic strategies include adjusting the lighting, or ordering a reverse casket if the wound is only visible from the right side of the face. Melissa Chan, NBC News, 14 June 2022 Lowell police used the reverse 911 system to notify residents in the area, and authorities are asking anyone who has seen Harry or has information on his whereabouts to contact police by calling 911 or the Lowell Police Department at 978-937-3200. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2022 Those with cash can use a reverse cash machine to convert cash into a prepaid card; the machines are available on the festival grounds. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2022 Chicago then scored eight of the next 10 points to take an 85-84 lead on Meesseman’s reverse layup with 48.5 seconds remaining. Doug Feinberg, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 The tint remains until another round of voltage triggers a reverse reaction that extracts the electrons and ions, thus turning the window transparent once again. Brittney J. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Growing recession fears may mean that the Federal Reserve, which has begun to aggressively hike interest rates to fight inflation, could reverse course by the end of 2023 and cut rates again in order to deal with a slowing economy. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 24 June 2022 The video clip shows that the driver gets about halfway through the line before needing to reverse and unstick a pesky motorcycle before charging back down to finish the job. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 22 June 2022 Housing advocates had lobbied aggressively in the last several weeks for the board to reverse course and support a rent freeze or rollback. New York Times, 21 June 2022 Niles voters will consider, in the June 28 election, whether to reverse the results of a previous referendum and allow the village mayor to appoint people to vacant trustee positions on the Village Board. Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 Advocates play a critical role in convincing lawmakers and health leaders to reverse policies and allocate resources to fund treatment advancements for SCD patients globally. Wunmi Bakare, Essence, 17 June 2022 So instead of cutting rates to encourage growth, the Fed is now trying to reverse course and cool the economy. Hamza Shaban, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2022 Take 3 to 4 more steps, then reverse and side step back to the cable stack. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Biden campaigned for office promising to reverse many of the Trump administration’s border-control measures and establish a system that would be orderly and humane. Nick Miroff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The woman then put the car in reverse, knocking the officer to the ground. Paige Fry, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 In reverse, identifying the right retail partner or pop-up location can help digitally native DTC brands acquire new consumers. Patrick Bousquet-chavanne, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Uzeyman’s heady, hallucinatory images are enhanced by slo-mo, dissolves and even running the film in reverse. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Benny was cycling the Camino de Santiago in reverse, toward his home in Belgium, finishing a charity ride in honor of his late wife. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, 8 June 2022 And then there is module that Kazantsev says kind of runs that semantic parser in reverse to make the auto-complete suggestions. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 7 June 2022 But for many hours on our surprising Saturday, the heat index seemed to run in reverse. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 In September, an ascending escalator malfunctioned at the Back Bay Station and suddenly plummeted in reverse, causing a bloody pileup of people at the bottom. Taylor Dolven, BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2022 So very much like a 13 going on 30, situation but in reverse. James Brown, USA TODAY, 29 May 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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“Reverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse. Accessed 28 Jun. 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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