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Meaning & Definition of Reverse in English

English

Reverse

/rɪvərs/

noun

1. A relation of direct opposition

  • "We thought sue was older than bill but just the reverse was true"
    synonym:
  • reverse
  • ,
  • contrary
  • ,
  • opposite

2. The gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed

    synonym:
  • reverse
  • ,
  • reverse gear

3. An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes

  • Something that is thwarting or frustrating
    synonym:
  • reverse
  • ,
  • reversal
  • ,
  • setback
  • ,
  • blow
  • ,
  • black eye

4. The side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design

    synonym:
  • reverse
  • ,
  • verso

5. (american football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction

    synonym:
  • reverse

6. Turning in the opposite direction

    synonym:
  • reversion
  • ,
  • reverse
  • ,
  • reversal
  • ,
  • turnabout
  • ,
  • turnaround

verb

1. Change to the contrary

  • "The trend was reversed"
  • "The tides turned against him"
  • "Public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a white house intern"
    synonym:
  • change by reversal
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • reverse

2. Turn inside out or upside down

    synonym:
  • turn back
  • ,
  • invert
  • ,
  • reverse

3. Rule against

  • "The republicans were overruled when the house voted on the bill"
    synonym:
  • overrule
  • ,
  • overturn
  • ,
  • override
  • ,
  • overthrow
  • ,
  • reverse

4. Cancel officially

  • "He revoked the ban on smoking"
  • "Lift an embargo"
  • "Vacate a death sentence"
    synonym:
  • revoke
  • ,
  • annul
  • ,
  • lift
  • ,
  • countermand
  • ,
  • reverse
  • ,
  • repeal
  • ,
  • overturn
  • ,
  • rescind
  • ,
  • vacate

5. Reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of

  • "When forming a question, invert the subject and the verb"
    synonym:
  • invert
  • ,
  • reverse

adjective

1. Directed or moving toward the rear

  • "A rearward glance"
  • "A rearward movement"
    synonym:
  • rearward
  • ,
  • reverse

2. Of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle

  • "In reverse gear"
    synonym:
  • reverse

3. Reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

    synonym:
  • inverse
  • ,
  • reverse

Examples of using

Do you think the judge will reverse his decision when he hears the new evidence?
The facts are just the reverse of what Tom told you.