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English adjective: reverse

1. reverse directed or moving toward the rear


SamplesA rearward glance.
A rearward movement.


Synonymsrearward


Similarbackward


Antonymsforward

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


SamplesIn reverse gear.


Antonymsforward

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


Synonymsinverse


Similarbackward


Antonymsforward


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


Synonymsverso


Broader (hypernym)side


Narrower (hyponym)tail


Part meronymcoin


Antonymsobverse

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.


Synonymsinvert


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reorder









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