the exact opposite of what has just been mentioned
quite/just/precisely/exactly the opposite
I didn't mean to insult her - quite the reverse (=in fact, I meant to praise her).
I owe you nothing. If anything, the reverse is true (=you owe me).
in the opposite way to normal or to the previous situation [↪ vice versa]:
US video recorders cannot play European tapes, and the same applies in reverse.
to start to happen or to make something happen in the opposite way:
The incident threatened to put the peace process into reverse.
the position of the gears in a vehicle that makes it go backwards
Put the car into reverse.
a defeat or a problem that delays your plans [= setback]:
Losing the Senate vote was a serious reverse for the President.
the less important side or the back of an object that has two sides
on the reverse
The British ten-pence coin has a lion on the reverse.