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 But SPACs, which work something like a reverse merger, have become an increasingly popular alternative for companies to raise money without courting venture capitalists or going through the hassles of a traditional IPO. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego green tech firm Nuvve to go public via a SPAC," 12 Nov. 2020 Rutgers even tried some razzle dazzle on the 2-point conversion, but Melton’s pass attempt on a reverse flea-flicker fell incomplete. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football survives Rutgers' high-wire act in 49-27 victory," 8 Nov. 2020 The trademark Monte Carlo stock, with its reverse-slope comb, is comfortable and mitigates the amount of cheek slap the shooter experiences under recoil, and is part of the reason the rifle handles so well. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "We Tested the Best-Selling Affordable Deer Rifles, Scopes, and Ammo. Here Are Our Top Picks," 6 Nov. 2020 Here, Taylor stops a double reverse option pass simply by staying home, staying low and wrapping up. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Film room: Showing you how IU's secondary was the difference in Rutgers win," 2 Nov. 2020 Parker took the lead back with 2:33 to play on Chris Williams' 2-yard run that was set up by a reverse pass on fourth-and-8 on the previous play. al, "Ramsay fends off Parker 33-32 to complete undefeated regular season," 30 Oct. 2020 Can fans expect the Stars to release a reverse retro jersey before next season? Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars unveil new black and neon green alternate jersey," 28 Oct. 2020 In June 2017 Stone gave a reverse engineering talk at a conference called Recon that took place in Montreal that year. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google's Bug-Hunting Badass," 25 Oct. 2020 In a reverse repurchase agreement, the buyer of a security agrees to sell it back at a later date. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Banking Regulator Backs New Liquidity Requirements," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb State leaders had been worried the forecast could reverse the shocking $2 billion increase in tax and lottery revenue expectations that economists predicted in September, based on windfall income tax payments over the summer. oregonlive, "Forecast: Oregon tax revenues stable, defying state leaders’ fears," 18 Nov. 2020 Biden is also likely to reverse a flurry of Trump-era executive orders on environmental and financial deregulation, immigration, trade and federal spending, amounting to a significant change in the economic policy of the country. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Biden and Harris to discuss economic plans during joint appearance in Wilmington on Monday," 16 Nov. 2020 Bindenagel said one way to begin to restore trust with European allies would be for Biden to reverse Trump's decision earlier this year to withdraw 10,0000 U.S. troops from Germany, a move that blindsided Berlin. NBC News, "After Trump, foreign allies wonder if they can trust America, say former officials," 15 Nov. 2020 Either way, experts doubt the suits can reverse the outcome in a single state, let alone the election. Star Tribune, "Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud," 11 Nov. 2020 Slowing job growth has raised the specter of a prolonged downturn that feeds on itself and becomes harder to fully reverse. Arkansas Online, "U.S. hiring slows for 3rd month in sign of struggling economy," 2 Oct. 2020 Slowing job growth has raised the specter of a prolonged downturn that feeds on itself and becomes harder to fully reverse. Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "US hiring slows for 3rd month but jobless rate falls to 7.9%," 2 Oct. 2020 Slowing job growth has raised the specter of a prolonged downturn that feeds on itself and becomes harder to fully reverse. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "U.S. hiring slows for 3rd month but jobless rate falls to 7.9% in September," 2 Oct. 2020 But there are deeper forces at work that may be harder to reverse. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "In Trump, much of the world sees an act that’s wearing thin," 31 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While more people moved from Florida to Alabama than from any other state in 2019, that’s also true in reverse. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Thousands moved to Alabama from California and the Rust Belt in 2019," 26 Nov. 2020 While the planet of dreams and illusions was moving in reverse, we were exposed to some harsh realities that needed facing. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 22 Nov. 2020 Like Clayton, the city of Atlanta is undergoing a transformation, but in reverse. Hollis R. Towns, USA TODAY, "From Southern lore to diverse community: Georgia's changing political makeup," 10 Nov. 2020 What’s sauce for the goose works just as well for the gander: Biden can use the same tools in reverse. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Even with a Republican Senate, Biden has lots of ways to save healthcare reform," 5 Nov. 2020 At times the cultish loyalty of Trump’s fanbase has seemed to the rest of us like a miracle in reverse—a sinister magic that flies in the face of kindness and common sense. Lydia Millet, The New Republic, "The Crushing Anxiety of the Worst Election of Our Lifetimes," 3 Nov. 2020 As a second officer approached, the vehicle started moving in reverse, police said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Video of fatal Waukegan, Illinois, police shooting will be released, mayor says," 26 Oct. 2020 Police said that, as the second officer approached, the vehicle started moving in reverse and the officer opened fire. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Video of Chicago-area police shooting to be released, mayor says," 26 Oct. 2020 The colleague ran toward Engine 2’s headlights, attempting to lead Jones that direction, but Jones instead went in reverse. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Exclusive: Firefighting tactics went wrong in death of contractor, near-fatal injury to inmate," 25 Oct. 2020

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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

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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