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



    BrE BrE//rɪˈvɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvɜːrs//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1  opposite to what has been mentioned to travel in the reverse direction The winners were announced in reverse order (= the person in the lowest place was announced first). The experiment had the reverse effect to what was intended.
  2. back
  3. 2opposite to the front Iron the garment on the reverse side.
  4. 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 On the reverse side of the medal is a coat of arms. One year later she made the same journey in the reverse direction. The winners were announced in reverse order.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reverse