Reverse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈvɜːrs|  American pronunciation of the word reverse
Brit.  |rɪˈvɜːs|  British pronunciation of the word reverse


- a relation of direct opposition (syn: contrary, opposite)
we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true
- the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
- an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating (syn: blow, reversal, setback)
- the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design (syn: verso)
- (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
- turning in the opposite direction (syn: reversal, reversion, turnabout, turnaround)


- change to the contrary (syn: turn)
The trend was reversed
- turn inside out or upside down (syn: invert, turn back)
- rule against (syn: override, overrule, overthrow, overturn)
- cancel officially (syn: annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, revoke, vacate)
- reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of (syn: invert)


- directed or moving toward the rear (syn: rearward)
- reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect (syn: inverse)

Extra examples

Can you say the alphabet in reverse order?

The drug is used to lower blood pressure but may have the reverse effect in some patients.

The runners reversed their direction on the track.

There is no way to reverse the aging process.

Can anything reverse the trend toward higher prices?

Reverse the “i” and “e” in “recieve” to spell “receive” correctly.

My mother and I reversed our roles. Now I'm taking care of her.

We're going to reverse our usual order and start with Z.

The building appears on the reverse of the coin.

Please sign your name on the reverse.

I put the car in reverse and backed out of the garage.

Positions are reversed.

The decision was reversed on appeal.

More changes are required to reverse the trend towards centralised power.

Bob reversed into a parking space.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reverse
he/she/it: reverses
present participle: reversing
past tense: reversed
past participle: reversed
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