Reverse meaning

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Reverse is defined as the opposite or the opposing side of something.

An example of reverse is pro life to pro choice.

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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.

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Turned backward in position, direction, or order.

The reverse side of the poster.

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Moving, acting, or organized in a manner contrary to the usual.

In reverse order.

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Causing backward movement.

A reverse gear.

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Printed in such a way that the normally colored part appears white against a colored or black background.
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The opposite or contrary.

All along we thought Sue was older than Bill, but just the reverse was true.

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A change to an opposite position, condition, or direction.
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A change in fortune from better to worse; a setback.

Suffered financial reverses.

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An offensive play in which a ball carrier running in one direction executes a handoff to a player running in the opposite direction.
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To turn around to the opposite direction.

The wind reversed the weather vane.

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To turn inside out or upside down.

Reverse a jacket.

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To exchange the positions of; transpose.

Reversed the people on stage.

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To change or set aside (a lower court's decision).
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To cause (an engine or mechanism) to function in reverse.
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To turn or move in the opposite direction.
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To reverse the action of an engine.
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Reversing the usual effect so as to show white letters, etc. on a black background.
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Acting or moving in a way or direction opposite or contrary to the usual.
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Causing movement backward or in the opposite direction.

Reverse gear.

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The opposite or contrary of something.
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The back or rear of something; specif., the side, as of a coin or medal, not bearing the main image or design.
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The act or an instance of reversing; change to the opposite.
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A change from good fortune to bad; defeat, check, or misfortune.
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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.
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A reversing movement.
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A type of play in which a ball carrier running toward a sideline gives the ball to a teammate going the opposite way.
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To turn backward, in an opposite position or direction, upside down, or inside out.
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To change to the opposite; alter completely.
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To cause to go or move backward or in an opposite direction.
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To exchange or transpose.
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To transfer (the charges for a telephone call) to the party being called.
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To revoke or annul (a decision, judgment, etc.)
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To move, go, or turn backward or in the opposite direction.
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To put a motor, engine, etc. in reverse; reverse the action of a mechanism.
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Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction. [from 14th c.]

We ate the meal in reverse order, starting with dessert and ending with the starter.

The mirror showed us a reverse view of the scene.

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Pertaining to engines, vehicle movement etc. moving in a direction opposite to the usual direction. [from 19th c.]

He selected reverse gear.

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(rail transport, of points) To be in the non-default position; to be set for the lesser-used route.
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Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
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(botany) Reversed.

A reverse shell.

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(now rare) In a reverse way or direction; upside-down. [from 14th c.]
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The opposite of something. [from 14th c.]

We believed the Chinese weren't ready for us. In fact, the reverse was true.

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The act of going backwards; a reversal. [from 15th c.]
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A piece of misfortune; a setback. [from 16th c.]
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The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse. [from 17th c.]
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The side of something facing away from a viewer, or from what is considered the front; the other side. [from 18th c.]
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The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards. [from 19th c.]
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A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.

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(surgery) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
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(intransitive) To turn something around such that it faces in the opposite direction.
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(intransitive) To turn something inside out or upside down.
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(intransitive) To transpose the positions of two things.
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To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
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(law) To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.

To reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.

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(ergative) To cause a mechanism or a vehicle to operate or move in the opposite direction to normal.
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(chemistry) To change the direction of a reaction such that the products become the reactants and vice-versa.
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(rail transport) To place a set of points in the reverse position.
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(rail transport, intransitive, of points) To move from the normal position to the reverse position.
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To overthrow; to subvert.
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(rail transport) Normalise / normalize (transitive and intransitive)
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To direct that (a charge) apply to the person receiving instead of making a telephone call.
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reverse (one's) field
  • To turn and proceed in the opposite direction.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

reverse (one's) field

Origin of reverse

  • Middle English revers from Old French from Latin reversus past participle of revertere to turn back revert
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), Middle French revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, Latin reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versāre.
    From Wiktionary