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verb reverse pronunciation in British English /rɪˈvɜː(r)s/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereversing
past tensereversed
past participlereversed
  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.

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    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 backwards in a vehicle, or to make a vehicle do this

    She reversed into the parking space.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of reverse
  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.

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  4. 4
    [transitive] to exchange 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.


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