1 verb
1 CHANGE STH (T) to change something, such as a decision, judgment, or process so that it is the opposite of what it was before: The court of appeal reversed the original verdict and set the prisoner free. | What can we do to reverse the present trend of falling sales?
2 CAR (I, T) if a car or its driver reverses, they go backwards
(+ out/into etc): a car reversing out of a driveway | Before you reverse, make sure there are no pedestrians behind you. | reverse a car/bus etc (=make it reverse)
3 CHANGE THE ORDER (T) to change round the usual order of the parts of something: They reversed the normal order for the ceremony and started with prayers.
4 TURN STH OVER (T) to turn something over, so as to show the back of it: Reverse the paper in the printer.
5 reverse the charges BrE to make a telephone call which is paid for by the person you are telephoning; call collect AmE
— reversible adjective: This coat is reversible, you can wear it inside out. — reversibility noun (U) 2
1 THE OPPOSITE the reverse the exact opposite of what has just been mentioned: The economic situation is certainly improving, although recent trade figures suggest the reverse. | quite the reverse (=completely the opposite): I was not happy - quite the reverse, I was seething with anger.
2 go into reverse if a trend or process goes into reverse, it starts to happen in the opposite way: a danger that the movement towards democracy will go into reverse
3 IN A CAR (U) the control in a vehicle that makes it go backwards; reverse gear: into/in reverse: Put the car into reverse.
4 A DEFEAT (C) formal a defeat or a problem that delays your plans; setback: Losing the Senate vote was a serious reverse for the President.
5 OTHER SIDE (singular) the less important side or the back of an object that has two sides: Is there a pattern on the reverse of the cloth?
6 OF A COIN (singular) the side of a coin that does not show a person's head: The British ten-pence piece has a lion on the reverse.
3 adjective (only before noun)
1 reverse order/procedure/process etc the opposite order etc to what is usual or to what has just been stated: in reverse order: Re-assemble the parts in reverse order.
2 the reverse side the back of something: Sign the check on the reverse side.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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