Reverse Definition

reversed, reverses, reversing
Turned backward; opposite or contrary, as in position, direction, order, etc.
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With the back showing or in view.
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Acting or moving in a way or direction opposite or contrary to the usual.
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Reversing the usual effect so as to show white letters, etc. on a black background.
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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 part.
The reverse of the flyer.
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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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reversed, reverses, reversing
To turn backward, in an opposite position or direction, upside down, or inside out.
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To turn inside out or upside down.
Reverse a jacket.
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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 change or set aside (a lower court's decision).
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(now rare) In a reverse way or direction; upside-down. [from 14th c.]

reverse (one's) field
  • To turn and proceed in the opposite direction.
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Reverse

  • reverse (one's) field

Origin of Reverse

  • 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

  • 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

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