reverse

To go in reverse, you back up. If you reverse your position, you suddenly take the opposite side of the argument. If you reverse your fortunes, your bad luck turns good, or your good luck turns bad. Oops.

The Latin word revertere means “turn back.” To reverse means to turn back, take the opposite direction, go the other way. Many things can be reversed: you can reverse a decision, you can reverse a car — by putting it in the gear called "reverse." You can reverse a political argument, a promotion, even some surgical procedures, but you can never reverse the steady progress of time, no matter how many Botox injections you get.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: reverse

1
vadjn
change to the contrary
reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
a relation of direct opposition
2
vadjn
turn inside out or upside down
directed or moving toward the rear
turning in the opposite direction
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: reverse
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v change to the contrary

“The trend was reversed
Synonyms:
change by reversal, turn
Types:
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alternate, flip, flip-flop, interchange, switch, tack
reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
turn the tables, turn the tide
cause a complete reversal of the circumstances
commutate
reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half cycle so as to produce a unidirectional current
exchange, switch, switch over
change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
correct, rectify, right
make right or correct
falsify
falsify knowingly
commute, permute, transpose
change the order or arrangement of
metamorphose, transfigure, transmogrify
change completely the nature or appearance of
regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back
go back to a previous state
desynchronise, desynchronize
cause to become desynchronized; cause to occur at unrelated times
deconsecrate, desecrate, unhallow
remove the consecration from a person or an object
undo
cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect
fall back, lapse, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress
go back to bad behavior
amend, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair
set straight or right
debug
locate and correct errors in a computer program code
map, represent
to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
resile
return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed
go back, recover, recuperate
regain a former condition after a financial loss
unbrace, unlace, untie
undo the ties of
unstrap
remove the strap or straps from
unhitch
unfasten or release from or as if from a hitch
unpick
undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)
unfasten
cause to become undone
unbelt
undo the belt of
unstaple
take the staples off
unclip
remove the clip from
unbutton
undo the buttons of
unpin
remove the pins from; unfasten the pins of
disconnect, unplug
pull the plug of (electrical appliances) and render inoperable
unbraid
undo the braids of
unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
disentangle, unwind
separate the tangles of
unbuckle
undo the buckle of
open, spread, spread out, unfold
spread out or open from a closed or folded state
unwire
undo the wiring of
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v rule against

Synonyms:
override, overrule, overthrow, overturn
Type of:
decree, rule
decide with authority

v cancel officially

Synonyms:
annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, revoke, vacate
Types:
go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on
fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
Type of:
cancel, strike down
declare null and void; make ineffective

v reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of

Synonyms:
invert
Type of:
reorder
assign a new order to

adj reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

Synonyms:
inverse
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

n a relation of direct opposition

“we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true”
Synonyms:
contrary, opposite
Type of:
oppositeness, opposition
the relation between opposed entities

n an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Synonyms:
black eye, blow, reversal, setback
Types:
whammy
a serious or devastating setback
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens
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v turn inside out or upside down

Synonyms:
invert, turn back
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

adj directed or moving toward the rear

Synonyms:
rearward
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

adj of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle

“in reverse gear”
Antonyms:
forward
of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

n turning in the opposite direction

Synonyms:
reversal, reversion, turnabout, turnaround
Types:
about turn, about-face
act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
u-turn
complete reversal of direction of travel
Type of:
change of direction, reorientation
the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented

n the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed

Synonyms:
reverse gear
Type of:
gear, gear mechanism
a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

n (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction

Types:
double reverse
(American football) a running play in which a first reverse is followed by a second reverse
Type of:
run, running, running game, running play
(American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

n the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design

Synonyms:
verso
Antonyms:
obverse
the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design
Types:
tail
(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
Type of:
side
an extended outer surface of an object
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