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1 a change in status for the worse usually temporarily
  • the party has suffered some major reverses as a result of the corruption scandal

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2 something that is as different as possible from something else
  • how could you think I don't like pizza, when it's just the reverse: I love pizza

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3 a behind part or surface
  • on the reverse of the ticket you'll find the notice that it's nontransferable

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Synonyms & Antonyms of reverse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to change (as an opinion) to the contrary
  • the appeals court reversed the district court's decision

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2 to change the position of (an object) so that the opposite side or end is showing
  • when one side of the cleaning cloth gets dirty, just reverse it
  • you can reverse the jacket for a whole new look

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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

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The first known use of reverse was in the 14th century

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“Reverse.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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