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 Call Filter app can also be upgraded for $2.99 a month per line and adds a custom block list and reverse number lookup. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "How T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint fight robocalls on their network," 8 July 2019 The driver then put the vehicle into reverse — possibly intending to prevent Castillo from leaving — and allegedly backed it over the woman, Garrow said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man to stand trial on charges he drove SUV over girlfriend in East County, killing her," 2 July 2019 Watch people eating Summerfest food in reverse video. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lonely Island, T-Pain and the best and worst on the side stages on Day 3," 28 June 2019 Some people also deal with a condition known as summer-onset seasonal affective disorder (commonly referred to as reverse SAD or summer SAD), a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern specific to the spring and summer. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 Prosecutor Sean Teare of the county's vehicular crimes division told the news station that the children had been playing in front of the 2006 Navigator in the complex's parking lot when Stagg put the vehicle into reverse and drove about 100 feet. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas mom charged with running over 3-year-old with SUV in fatal game of 'chicken'," 22 June 2019 Waterbury police secured the area around Mill Street, and the city used its reverse 911 system to contact nearby residents to shelter in place and alert area schools. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "After hourlong standoff, Waterbury man armed with assault rifle surrenders to drug task force," 12 June 2019 Failing health including mental incapacity often cause reverse-mortgage defaults, Glasse said. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Reverse mortgages can cause problems when spouses, heirs aren't on board," 12 June 2019 Interesting, the relationship didn’t work in the reverse direction: Roth found no evidence that anxious dogs created nervous owners, according to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports on June 6. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "If you’re chronically stressed, your dog could be too," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Baker, along with Coleman and Courtney Ramey and the rest of the holdovers from last year’s NIT title team, could finally help reverse this program’s fortunes. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "As Jaxson Hayes heads to NBA, Will Baker steps in for Texas," 7 July 2019 Perhaps not, but transit executives are eager to reverse the ridership declines that many of their systems face. David Zipper, WIRED, "Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders," 7 July 2019 What needs to be done To reverse the brain drain, the Nigerian government should create a conducive environment that will ensure employment opportunities and reduce poverty. Olayinka Stephen Ilesanmi, Quartz Africa, "As Nigeria’s health infrastructure crumbles, doctors have become a key export," 3 July 2019 Kentucky and North Dakota are among eight states that have enacted laws requiring physicians to tell patients medication abortions may be reversed, according to the AMA and the center. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's controversial abortion 'reversal' law takes effect Thursday," 26 June 2019 The decision was met with protests, which led to the school board to reverse course about a month later — but only on the matter of funding the program. oregonlive.com, "The Portland school board’s three new members weigh in on whether police belong in district schools," 26 June 2019 Companies that focus on identifying and pursuing new targets may help reverse this trend. Amar Dhand, STAT, "It’s time to find new targets for brain diseases instead of just pursuing old ones," 26 June 2019 At the end of Dark Phoenix, the roles are reversed, with Magneto offering Xavier a home on his island of Genosha. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark Phoenix' Team on a Final Scene Years in the Making," 8 June 2019 In principle, the time evolution of a quantum computer can be reversed. Quanta Magazine, "New Quantum Paradox Clarifies Where Our Views of Reality Go Wrong," 3 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most have come to the CSE as a result of a reverse takeover. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Harborside heads north, gets listed on Canadian exchange," 11 June 2019 Newstrike, backed by The Tragically Hip, one of Canada’s most iconic bands, was reborn last year through a reverse takeover by Wilgar’s startup and has since shot higher. Jen Skerritt, Bloomberg.com, "Marijuana Is the New Gold for Mining Companies Going to Pot," 19 Mar. 2018 Pay attention to your new perceptions of the world as the blue planet moves in reverse. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 June 2019 The train then climbs a second lift hill and navigates the same three inversions in reverse. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Canada's Wonderland marathon: Riding all of the Toronto park's roller coasters in a day," 20 June 2019 The officer approached Hefner, who threw the Subaru in reverse, slamming into a post, according to the affidavit. oregonlive.com, "Woman accused of fleeing police in stolen Subaru, crashing into box truck pleads not guilty to 24 charges," 12 June 2019 If Graves supposes the matriarchal came first, and was later overwritten by the patriarchal, Killing Eve does this in reverse. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw Knows Which Side Carolyn Martens Is On. She Knows a Lot, Actually.," 5 May 2019 Most have come to the CSE as a result of a reverse takeover. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Harborside heads north, gets listed on Canadian exchange," 11 June 2019 Most have come to the CSE as a result of a reverse takeover. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Veteran cannabis company Harborside joins wave of US firms listing on Canadian exchange," 10 June 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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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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