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English definition of “reverse”

reverse

noun     /rɪˈvɜːs/ US  /-ˈvɝːs/
the reverse C2 the opposite of what has been suggested: The teachers say my son is slow, but I believe the reverse (is true).Opposites the back of a coin, medal, etc.: The English £1 coin has a royal coat of arms on the reverse.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objects in reverse (order) C1 in the opposite order or way: To stop the engine, you repeat the same procedures, but in reverse (order).Opposites C2 [U] (also reverse gear) the method of controlling a vehicle that makes it go backwards: To go backwards, you must put the car in/into reverse (gear).The engine and engine partsEngines and motors [C] formal a defeat or failure: They suffered a serious military/political reverse.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of reverse noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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