American English

Definition of reverse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the reverse [singular] the opposite of what has just been mentioned This problem is the reverse of the previous one. Although I expected to enjoy living in the country, in fact the reverse is true. When driving south, the reverse applies. It wasn't easy to persuade her to come—quite the reverse.
  2. back
  3. 2the reverse [singular] the back of a coin, piece of material, piece of paper, etc. The coin has a profile of Lincoln stamped on the reverse.
  4. in vehicle
  5. 3(also reverse gear) [uncountable] the machinery in a vehicle used to make it move backward Put the car in/into reverse.
  6. loss/defeat
  7. 4[countable] (formal) a loss or defeat; a change from success to failure synonym setback Property values have suffered another reverse. a damaging political reverse
  8. Idioms
    go/put something into reverse
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    to start to happen, or to make something happen, in the opposite way In 2008 economic growth went into reverse. Various problems have put the company's expansion plans into reverse.
    in the opposite order or way synonym backward The secret number is my phone number in reverse. We did a similar trip to yours, but in reverse.
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