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re·verse

reverse

 
 
pronunciation:
rih vuhrs
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: opposite in direction, position, movement, or the like.
Sales were way up last year, but we are now seeing a reverse trend in the housing market.The students were called to the stage in reverse alphabetical order.
synonyms:
antithetic, backward, converse, counter, inverse
similar words:
opposite, polar, topsy-turvy, upside-down
definition 2: causing backward motion.
I put the car in reverse gear and backed slowly out of the drive.
antonyms:
forward
similar words:
backward
definition 3: facing away or toward the back.
The price of the painting was marked on the reverse side.The song on the reverse side of the record became a hit in 1963.
synonyms:
back, posterior, rear
similar words:
opposite
definition 4: contrary.
Whatever my mother's opinion is, I can always count on my father to take the reverse position.
synonyms:
contrary
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the contrary or opposite side of something.
Actually, the reverse of what he said is true.
synonyms:
antipode, back, converse, inverse, rear
definition 2: the opposing motion or direction from that which is normal.
The driver had missed his exit and was moving in reverse alongside the highway.
synonyms:
reaction, regress, retrocession, reversal, withdrawal
definition 3: a decline in one's fortunes; reversal.
The business suffered a reverse when one of the partners left the firm.
synonyms:
difficulty, reversal
definition 4: the state of a mechanism that brings about reverse movement, esp. a gear of an automobile transmission. (Cf. forward.)
He put the car into reverse and backed it into a tree.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reversed, reverses, reversing
definition 1: to cause to move in an opposite direction.
Be careful when you reverse the car into the road.
synonyms:
back
antonyms:
advance
definition 2: to turn over or inside out.
This jacket is made so that you can reverse it.Now reverse the material and iron it on the other side.
synonyms:
flip, invert
similar words:
overturn, tip over, turn, upend, upset
definition 3: to turn in an opposite position or direction.
He reversed his cap so that the visor shielded the back of his neck.The hikers got tired and decided to simply reverse their course.
synonyms:
flip, invert, transpose
similar words:
turn
definition 4: in law, to revoke or cancel (a decision such as a verdict).
The upper court reversed the lower court's decision.
synonyms:
abrogate, annul, nullify, overturn, repeal, rescind, revoke
similar words:
abolish, cancel, countermand, invalidate, overrule, veto, void
definition 5: of a process, to halt and then change (it) to an opposite force.
Can we reverse the country's sense of despair?
synonyms:
undo
similar words:
change, redo, turn
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to turn, move, or point in an opposite direction.
synonyms:
back up, invert, retrocede
similar words:
backtrack, double, revert, shift, switch, turn
definition 2: to change to a reverse gear.
similar words:
shift
derivations: reversedly (adv.), reversely (adv.), reverser (n.)
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