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verb reverse pronunciation in American English /rɪˈvɜrs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereversing
past tensereversed
past participlereversed
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  1. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. b.
      to change your views, policies, etc. to the opposite ones
      The new government set about reversing previous policies.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to go backward in a vehicle, or to make a vehicle do this
    She reversed into the parking space.
  3. 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. 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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