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  1. [noun] a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
    Synonyms: contrary, opposite

  2. [noun] the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed

  3. [noun] an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
    Synonyms: reversal, setback, blow, black eye

  4. [noun] the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
    Synonyms: verso

  5. [noun] (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction

  6. [noun] turning in the opposite direction
    Synonyms: reversion, reversal, turnabout, turnaround

  7. [verb] change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
    Synonyms: change by reversal, turn

  8. [verb] turn inside out or upside down
    Synonyms: invert

  9. [verb] rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
    Synonyms: overrule, overturn, override, overthrow

  10. [verb] annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
    Synonyms: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate

  11. [adjective] directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement"
    Synonyms: rearward

  12. [adjective] reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
    Synonyms: inverse

  13. [adjective] of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; "in reverse gear"


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