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English adjective: reverse

1. reverse directed or moving toward the rear

SamplesA rearward glance.
A rearward movement.




2. reverse of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle

SamplesIn reverse gear.


3. reverse reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect




English noun: reverse

1. reverse a relation of direct opposition

SamplesWe thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true.

Synonymscontrary, opposite

Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

2. reverse (artifact) the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed

Synonymsreverse gear

Broader (hypernym)gear, gear mechanism

Part meronymauto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

3. reverse (event) an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Synonymsblack eye, blow, reversal, setback

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)whammy

4. reverse (artifact) the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design


Broader (hypernym)side

Narrower (hyponym)tail

Part meronymcoin


5. reverse (act) (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction

Broader (hypernym)run, running, running game, running play

Narrower (hyponym)double reverse

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

6. reverse (act) turning in the opposite direction

Synonymsreversal, reversion, turnabout, turnaround

Broader (hypernym)change of direction, reorientation

Narrower (hyponym)about turn, about-face, u-turn

English verb: reverse

1. reverse (change) change to the contrary

SamplesThe trend was reversed.
The tides turned against him.
Public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern.

Synonymschange by reversal, turn

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)alternate, commutate, commute, correct, deconsecrate, desecrate, desynchronise, desynchronize, exchange, falsify, flip, flip-flop, interchange, metamorphose, permute, rectify, regress, retrovert, return, revert, right, switch, switch, switch over, tack, transfigure, transmogrify, transpose, turn back, turn the tables, turn the tide, undo, unhallow

2. reverse (change) turn inside out or upside down

Synonymsinvert, turn back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. reverse (cognition) rule against

SamplesThe Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill.

Synonymsoverride, overrule, overthrow, overturn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decree, rule

4. reverse (communication) cancel officially

SamplesHe revoked the ban on smoking.
Lift an embargo.
Vacate a death sentence.

Synonymsannul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, revoke, vacate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cancel, strike down

Narrower (hyponym)go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on

5. reverse (change) reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of

SamplesWhen forming a question, invert the subject and the verb.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reorder

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