reversere‧verse1 /rɪˈvɜːs $ -ɜːrs/ ●●○W3AWL verb1opposite [transitive]OPPOSITE/REVERSE to change something, such as a decision, judgment, or process so that it is the opposite of what it was beforereverse a decision/verdict/policy etcThe decision was reversed on appeal.reverse a trend/process/decline etcMore changes are required to reverse the trend towards centralised power.2car [intransitive, transitive]TTC especially British English if a vehicle or its driver reverses, they go backwardssyn back up American Englishreverse out of/into etcBob reversed into a parking space.reverse something into/out of somethingI reversed the car into a side road.3change position/purpose [transitive]ORDER/SEQUENCE to change around the usual order of the parts of something, or the usual things two people do syn swapreverse roles/positionsOur roles as child and guardian had now been reversed.4turn something over [transitive]TURN to turn something over or around, in order to show the back of itReverse the paper in the printer.5 →reverse yourself6 →reverse the chargesCOLLOCATIONSnounsreverse a decision/rulingThe Supreme Court reversed the decision.reverse your position (=change your opinion or attitude)He spoke in favor of the bill, reversing his previous position.reverse a policyShe is pressing the government to reverse its policy.reverse a trendImmigration has increased sharply and reversing this trend will be extremely difficult.reverse a declineHis policies had reversed the decline in the economy.reverse a processWe cannot reverse the ageing process.reverse the effects of somethingHair conditioner can’t reverse the damaging effects of colouring and perming.→ See Verb table
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reverse• Drive down to where I am, then start reversing.• Half the new police squad cars have the colorsreversed.• It's clear that our priorities need to be reversed.• The image on the screen was reversed and upside down.• Many of the former administration's policies were reversed by the new president.• It reversed fast, the gearboxwhining like a violin, and parked in front of the Mercedes.• The longer the economic decline is allowed to go on the more difficult it will be to reverse it.• Many of the consequences of our acts can be reversed or nullified by redefinition.• As I approached the house a car reversed out of the driveway and sped off down the road.• It may take a century or two to reverse the damage done by pollution.• Most important, they announced that they would reverse the disastrous 1982 policy of nationalizing banks.• Self-pitytends to block taking action that will be truly effective in reversing the downwardspirals of primary and family diseases.• The court of appealreversed the originalverdict set the prisoner free.• By keeping a close and constant watch on himself, Quinn was gradually able to reverse the process.• The Prague linguists' approach explains it in terms of reversing the theme-rheme sequence.• He slowly reversed the van into the parking place.• Cities are expanding and using up more and more of the desert. Our aim is to reverse this trend and to protect our open spaces.• Tyler had been charged with reversing this trend.• You'll have to reverse to let them pass.reverse a trend/process/decline etc• They also allow the reverse processes, antiquarks turning into electrons, and electrons and antielectrons turning into antiquarks and quarks.• The action reversed a trend in which the two countries appeared to be edging ever so slightly toward increased cooperation.• The reverse process involves the computer recognition of pictures.• Ultimately you are involved in a reverse process of what the historianHunderwent while writing the book.• The reverse process often takes place in the evening, and the mountains become clear and sharp again.• The reverse process, therefore, is to consider what we owe to other people.• The reverse process was used to install the launcher on pedestals at the pad.reverse out of/into etc• The four-wheel started first go and he reversed out into the farmyard.• Mrs Wright reversed out into the road again and drove off past the church.reverse roles/positions• As a practical matter, the more we reverse roles, the better the parenting balance.
reversereverse2 ●○○AWL noun1 →the reverse2 →in reverse3 →go into reverse/put something into reverse4car [uncountable]TTC the position of the gears in a vehicle that makes it go backwardsinto/in reversePut the car into reverse.5defeat [countable] formalBEAT/DEFEAT a defeat or a problem that delays your plans syn setbackLosing the Senate vote was a serious reverse for the president.6other side [singular]BACK OF something the less important side or the back of an object that has two sideson the reverseThe British ten-pence coin has a lion on the reverse.
reverse• The diode D1 is reversebiased during this period and plays no part in the action.• The fact is that both the benefits of affirmative action and the white-male fears of reversediscrimination have been exaggerated.• His advice had the reverse effect to that intended.• Their voting preferences were, of course, in the reverse order.• To remove just about everything, and run it to waste, the ultimate is a reverseosmosisunit at around £250.• A bridge of four diodes, connected in reverseparallel with the switchingtransistors, provides the path for freewheelingcurrents.• In some families the father goes out to work and the mother stays at home. In others, the reverse situation is true.• The effect achieves what we players call reverseswing.From Longman Business Dictionaryreversere‧verse1 /rɪˈvɜːs-ɜːrs/ verb [transitive]1to change something such as a decision, judgement, or process so that it is the opposite of what it was beforeWill the government reverse its decision to lower oil prices?The California Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that blocked a resort hotel from being built.The company had been struggling to reverse huge losses.2reverse direction/course to develop or do something in the opposite way to beforeBond prices abruptly reversed direction and fell.The President reversed course and cut a deal with Congress.3reverse the charges British English to make a telephone call which is paid for by the person you are telephoning SYN call collect AmE→ See Verb tablereversereverse2 noun1the reverse the exact opposite of somethingU.S. law on this matter is virtually the reverse of British law.2[countable] formal a defeat or problem that delays your plansLosing the Senate vote was a serious reverse for the President.reversereverse3 adjective [only before a noun]used to describe something that is the opposite of something elseLast year, we had a lot of supply and not much demand. But this year we had the reverse situation.