- Reverse is defined as the opposite or the opposing side of something.
An example of reverse is pro life to pro choice.
- Reverse means to go backward, or to turn inside out or to the correct side.
- An example of to reverse is to back a car out of the driveway.
- An example of to reverse is to switch a sign so that it is facing the right way.
- turned backward; opposite or contrary, as in position, direction, order, etc.
- with the back showing or in view
- reversing the usual effect so as to show white letters, etc. on a black background
- acting or moving in a way or direction opposite or contrary to the usual
- causing movement backward or in the opposite direction: reverse gear
Origin: Middle English revers from Old French from Classical Latin reversus, past participle of revertere: see revert
- the opposite or contrary of something
- the back or rear of something; specif., the side, as of a coin or medal, that does not have the main design
- the act or an instance of reversing; change to the opposite
- a change from good fortune to bad; defeat, check, or misfortune
- a mechanism, etc. for reversing, as a gear arrangement in a transmission that causes a machine, motor vehicle, etc. to run backward or in the opposite direction
- a reversing movement
- ☆ Football a type of play in which a ball carrier running toward a sideline gives the ball to a teammate going the opposite way
- to turn backward, in an opposite position or direction, upside down, or inside out
- to change to the opposite; alter completely
- to cause to go or move backward or in an opposite direction
- to exchange or transpose
- to transfer (the charges for a telephone call) to the party being called
- Law to revoke or annul (a decision, judgment, etc.)
- to move, go, or turn backward or in the opposite direction
- to put a motor, engine, etc. in reverse; reverse the action of a mechanism
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- a. Turned backward in position, direction, or order.b. Having the back showing or in view of the observer.
- Moving, acting, or organized in a manner contrary to the usual.
- Causing backward movement: a reverse gear.
- Printing Printed in such a way that the normally colored part appears white against a colored or black background.
- The opposite or contrary: All along we thought Sue was older than Bill, but just the reverse was true.
- a. The back or rear part.b. The side of a coin or medal that does not carry the principal design; the verso.
- A change to an opposite position, condition, or direction.
- A change in fortune from better to worse; a setback: suffered financial reverses.
- a. A mechanism, such as a gear in a motor vehicle, that is used to reverse movement.b. The position or operating condition of such a mechanism.c. Movement in an opposite direction.
- Football An offensive play in which a back running in one direction executes a handoff to a back running in the opposite direction.
- To turn around to the opposite direction.
- To turn inside out or upside down.
- To exchange the positions of; transpose.
- Law To revoke or annul (a decision or decree, for example).
- a. To cause to adopt a contrary viewpoint.b. To change to the opposite: reversed their planned course of action.
- To cause (an engine or a mechanism) to function in reverse.
- To turn or move in the opposite direction.
- To reverse the action of an engine.
Origin: Middle English revers, from Old French, from Latin reversus, past participle of revertere, to turn back; see revert.
- re·verseˈly adverb
- re·versˈer noun
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reverse - Phrases/Idioms
reverse (one's) field