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 Instead of the Cowboys getting the ball with 2 minutes to chase a lead before halftime, Buffalo needed just one play — a reverse trick play, at that — to take a lead the Cowboys would never regain. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'You want to hug everybody': Turnovers elate Cowboys' offense, but defense can't seem to force them," 4 Dec. 2019 The opening salvo to Johnny Johnson III was thanks to a busted coverage by Arizona’s miserable defense, but Herbert’s 53-yard touchdown to Juwan Johnson came on a stunning reverse flea flicker and made it 21-0 with 5:09 to go in the first half. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks cruise past Arizona, officially clinch Pac-12 North: Game at a glance," 17 Nov. 2019 DeMar DeRozan had a chance to tie, but his driving reverse layup attempt was blocked by Jonas Valanciunas with 22.6 seconds left. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ loss to Grizzlies puts damper on Tony Parker festivities," 11 Nov. 2019 Szarko created some space in Washington’s defense by moving to her left around the circle, then smacked the ball with a reverse chip shot. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Field Hockey: Liberty withstands Washington to claim Class 1A state title," 9 Nov. 2019 As Mike McGlinchey entered the locker room after practice Tuesday, the 49ers right tackle picked up a nearby basketball, took a few dribbles and finished by leaping for a reverse layup on the hoop affixed to a set of lockers. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Unbeaten 49ers’ offense will be upgraded for showdown with Seahawks," 6 Nov. 2019 WhatsApp's most obvious unauthorized access argument relates to its terms of service, which prohibit reverse-engineering WhatsApp's code, harming its users, or sending malware via WhatsApp. Wired, "WhatsApp's Case Against NSO Group Hinges on a Tricky Legal Argument," 29 Oct. 2019 Andrew Berman, Harborside's CEO since February 2018, helped steer the company through a $150 million reverse merger and public listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange in June. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Harborside, iconic California dispensary chain, ousts CEO," 28 Oct. 2019 The second came when Fultz went the length of the floor, dribbled past James Ennis III and Ben Simmons and shot a reverse layup from the left side that 76ers forward Al Horford couldn’t challenge. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic fall to 76ers but get strong game from Markelle Fultz," 13 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aducanumab appears to slow, but does not stop, and certainly does not reverse, patients’ cognitive and functional declines. Jason Karlawish, STAT, "Aducanumab: the beginning of the end of Alzheimer’s disease?," 6 Dec. 2019 There is no statute of limitations on perjury in Florida in capital felony cases, and Skalnik was reluctant to reverse himself. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 Other recent short-term trends have sparked temporary optimism, only to quickly reverse themselves. Chelsea Harvey, Science | AAAS, "Greenhouse gas emissions this year to set new record, but rate of growth shrinks," 4 Dec. 2019 Trump reversed the military court decision and ordered Gallagher's rank and pay reinstated. USA Today, "Timeline: How Trump intervened in the Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's war crimes case," 27 Nov. 2019 Other countries have seen how quickly the U.S. can reverse longstanding commitments. David Banks, The Conversation, "Syria military presence risks US credibility with world community," 26 Nov. 2019 The unprecedented move means that the Duke of York will no longer be classed as a working royal unless the decision is reversed. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Andrew Is Stepping Back from Public Duties—Here's What That Means for the Royal Family," 21 Nov. 2019 GPUs declined slightly, though that was due to a slowdown in datacenter GPUs that Su believed would reverse course in the fourth quarter. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD reports its highest revenue in 14 years, projects strong Q4 on Ryzen sales," 29 Oct. 2019 The large ensemble, many of them playing cartoonish American characters, are clearly having a blast reversing the past injustice of Caucasians so often playing Asian roles. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Soft Power': Theater Review," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is The Godfather in reverse: Through violence, a lawless land gets dragged into modernity. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Founding vs. The Old West in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," 25 Nov. 2019 Motorists drove in reverse, frantically trying to get away. azcentral, "Mexican president defends retreat in face of cartel gunmen," 18 Oct. 2019 Also, Arroyo called a little fake reverse, touchdown pass in a goal line situation. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Not sold on Oregon Ducks’ ordinary performance in win against Cal," 6 Oct. 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Reverse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverses. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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