reversal Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “reversal” in the English Dictionary

"reversal" in British English

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reversalnoun [C]

uk   /rɪˈvɜː.səl/  us   /-ˈvɝː-/
C2 the ​act of ​changing or making something ​change to ​itsopposite: He ​demanded a reversal of the ​previousdecision/​policy. a ​problem or ​failure: We have ​suffered a ​couple of ​minor/​temporary reversals.
(Definition of reversal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reversal" in American English

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reversalnoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪˈvɜr·səl/
a ​completechange of ​direction, ​order, or ​position: [C] In a ​significant reversal of ​earliertrends, ​people are ​moving back to Salt Lake City.
(Definition of reversal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reversal" in Business English

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uk   us   /rɪˈvɜːsəl/
[C or U] a ​change in something so that it becomes the ​opposite of what it was before: What ​led to the reversal of the ​policy? The ​policy has undergone a complete reversal. a reversal of sth There has been a reversal of the decision to ​reducestaff in HQ.a reversal in sth We are hoping for a reversal in the ​downwardtrend of ​sales. The ​company has recently ​experienced a reversal of ​fortune.
[C ] a problem or ​failure that makes it more difficult for a ​person or ​organization to be ​successful: The ​business suffered several reversals when it first ​entered the Asian ​market. The ​resignation of the ​CEOrepresents a significant reversal for the ​company.
(Definition of reversal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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