reverse meaning

[ ri'və:s ] Pronunciation:   "reverse" in a sentence
  • Verb: reverse  ri'vurs
    1. Change to the contrary
      "The trend was reversed"
      - change by reversal, turn 
    2. Turn inside out or upside down
      - turn back, invert 
    3. Rule against
      - overrule, overturn, override, overthrow 
    4. Cancel officially
      - revoke, annul, lift, countermand, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate 
    5. Reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of
      - invert
    Noun: reverse  ri'vurs
    1. A relation of direct opposition
      "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
      - contrary, opposite 
    2. The gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
      - reverse gear 
    3. An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
      - reversal, setback, blow, black eye 
    4. The side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
      - 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 
    6. Turning in the opposite direction
      - reversion, reversal, turnabout [N. Amer], turnaround
    Adjective: reverse  ri'vurs
    1. Directed or moving toward the rear
      - rearward 
    2. Of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle
      "in reverse gear" 
    3. Reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
      - inverse

    Derived forms: reversing, reverses, reversed

    See also: backward, reversal, reversible

    Type of: alter, cancel, change, change of direction, decree, gear, gear mechanism, happening, modify, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, oppositeness, opposition, reorder, reorientation, rule, run, running, running game, running play, side, strike down

    Antonym: forward, obverse

    Part of: auto, automobile, car, coin, machine, motorcar

    Encyclopedia: Reverse Reverse, Then Forward Again

  • [Architecture]

    A template that has the reverse profile of a molding it is intended to match.

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb, noun, adjective

    verb [+ obj]


    to change sth to the opposite of what it was before:

    to reverse a procedure/process/trend

    The company is battling to reverse the decline in sales.

    Its shares fell 6.9% but later reversed course to trade up 2.6%

    2 (Law )

    to change a previous decision, law, etc. to the opposite of what it was:

    The Court of Appeal reversed the decision.

    to reverse a judgement


    3 reverse the charges (BrE)

    to make a telephone call that will be paid for by the person you are calling, not by you:

    I want to reverse the charges, please.

    NOTE In American English, people make a collect call or call sb collect.


    1 [C]

    a change, especially a change from success to failure:

    Property values have suffered another reverse.

    This month's index shows a reverse of the steep decline in consumer confidence.

    2 the reverse [sing.]

    the opposite of sth that has been mentioned:

    We seem to be consuming more, but in fact the reverse is true.

    Sales will not rise next year. Rather the reverse.


    go/shift into reverse; put/send sth into reverse

    to start to happen or to make sth happen in the opposite way:

    After the announcement, the shares went into reverse.

    This could send the company's profits into reverse.

    adjective [only before noun]

    opposite to what has been mentioned:

    The policy had the reverse effect to what was intended.

    She answered the questions in reverse order

    (= the last question first).

  • [Electronics]
    1. To alter the direction of a current or process or motion of an object so that the new direction is exactly opposite the previous direction.
    2. In a directional wattmeter, the reflected-power indication or switch position.

  • [Medicine]
    vt re·versed; re·vers·ing : to change drastically or completely the course or effect of: as
    a : to initiate recovery from ‹reverse a disease›
    b : to make of no effect or as if not done ‹reverse a surgical procedure›


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  2. telophase is roughly the reverse of prophase.
  3. exocytosis is the reverse of endocytosis.
  4. i twisted my head round to reverse the car.
  5. she wanted to reverse the tide of socialism.

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