Definition of reverse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈvɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvɜːrs//
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  1. 1  the 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. In the south, the reverse applies. It wasn't easy to persuade her to come—quite the reverse.
  2. back
  3. 2  the reverse [singular] the back of a coin, piece of material, piece of paper, etc. The coin has the queen's head stamped on the reverse.
  4. in vehicle
  5. 3  (also reverse gear) [uncountable] the machinery in a vehicle used to make it move backwards 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. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French revers, reverse (nouns), reverser (verb), from Latin reversus ‘turned back’, past participle of revertere, from re- ‘back’ + vertere ‘to turn’.Extra examples I put the car in reverse. If you tell children to do something, they will often do the exact reverse. The coin has a date on one side and the emperor’s head on the reverse. Their forces have suffered serious reverses in recent months.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 backwards The secret number is my phone number in reverse. We did a similar trip to you, but in reverse.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reverse