re|verse1 [ rı`vɜrs ] verb **
1. ) transitive to change the order or development of events, a process, or a situation to be the opposite of what it was:
The effects of the disease can only be reversed by a bone-marrow donation.
The stock market reversed course and closed with a modest gain.
a ) LEGAL to change a court decision to be the opposite of what it was:
The appeals court reversed his conviction and ordered his release.
b ) to change your views, policies, etc. to the opposite ones:
The new government set about reversing previous policies.
c ) reverse yourself AMERICAN to change a decision you have made, for example because people have criticized it
2. ) intransitive or transitive to go backward in a vehicle or to make a vehicle do this:
She reversed into the parking space.
3. ) transitive to turn something so that the part that is usually on the outside is on the inside:
You can reverse the jacket so that the pattern is on the outside.
4. ) transitive to trade your activities or status with that of another person:
He's always taught me, but now the roles are reversed and I can teach him.
reverse the charges BRITISH
to make the person you are calling on the telephone agree to pay for the call
re|verse 2 [ rı`vɜrs ] adjective only before noun *
opposite to what is usual or to what existed previously:
Now arrange the numbers in reverse order.
re|verse 3 [ rı`vɜrs ] noun *
1. ) the reverse the opposite of something:
The situation is the reverse of what it seems.
Quite the reverse is true.
2. ) the reverse the back side of a flat object:
There's a picture of an eagle on the reverse of the coin.
3. ) uncount the position in which you put a GEAR in a vehicle to make it go backward:
put something in reverse: Put the car in reverse.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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