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verb reverse pronunciation in British English /rɪˈvɜː(r)s/
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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.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to go backwards 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 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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