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"reverse" in British English

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uk   /rɪˈvɜːs/  us   /-ˈvɝːs/

reverse verb (CHANGE TO OPPOSITE)

C1 [T] to ​change the ​direction, ​order, ​position, ​result, etc. of something to ​itsopposite: The new ​managerhoped to reverse the ​decline in the company's ​fortunes. Now that you have a ​job and I don't, ​oursituations are reversed. The ​Court of Appeal reversed the ​earlierjudgment.
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reverse verb (DRIVE BACKWARDS)

B2 [I or T] to ​drive a ​vehiclebackwards: He reversed into a ​lamppost and ​damaged the back of the ​car. She reversed the ​car into the ​parkingspace.

reverse verb (PHONE)

reverse the charges (US also call collect) to make a ​phonecall that is ​paid for by the ​personreceiving it


uk   /rɪˈvɜːs/  us   /-ˈvɝːs/
the reverse
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C2 the ​opposite of what has been ​suggested: You might ​think that ​people who don't ​worry about ​theirdiet are ​fatter and more ​unhealthy; in ​fact, the reverse is ​true. Whatever ​officialnewsbroadcastsclaimed, he ​believed the reverse. the back of a ​coin, medal, etc.: The ​coin has a ​royalcoat of ​arms on the reverse.
in reverse (order) C1 in the ​oppositeorder or way: To ​stop the ​engine, you ​repeat the same ​procedures, but in reverse (​order).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). [C] formal a ​defeat or ​failure: They ​suffered a ​seriousmilitary/​political reverse.
adjective [before noun]
Repeat the ​steps in reverse ​order to ​shut the ​system off. the reverse ​side of the ​cloth
(Definition of reverse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reverse" in American English

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reverseverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈvɜrs/
to ​cause something to go in the ​oppositedirection, ​order, or ​position: [T] The ​group is ​trying to reverse the ​trend toward ​developing the ​wetlands.
adjective [not gradable]  us   /rɪˈvɜrs/
Repeat the ​steps in reverse ​order to ​shut the ​system off.

reversenoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪˈvɜrs/
the ​oppositedirection, ​order, or ​position: [U] A ​car came down the ​street in reverse. A reverse is also a ​defeat or ​failure: [C] He ​suffered a ​series of ​financial reverses in the 1980s.
(Definition of reverse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reverse" in Business English

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uk   us   /rɪˈvɜːs/
[T] to ​change a decision, ​plan, etc. so that it becomes the ​opposite of what it was before: Management have reversed their decision on the matter.
[I or T] to ​stop things ​happening, or to ​stophappening, in a particular way: reverse a process/trend We have to do something to reverse the ​trend of ​peoplemoving away to ​seekwork. The ​strugglingretailer has ​slashedprices in an attempt to reverse the ​decline in ​sales. The ​trend is expected to reverse next ​year.
[T] to ​start to ​behave or to do things in a way that is the ​opposite of what ​happened before: The ​upwardtrend in ​prices may soon reverse ​course. Customer ​feedbackforced them to reverse direction.
[T] LAW to ​change a ​legal decision in a ​court of ​law: The ​court of ​appeal reversed the ​verdict in June.
reverse (the) charges UK ( US call collect) COMMUNICATIONS to make a ​phonecall that is ​paid for by the ​person who receives it: Call me from the ​airport and reverse the ​charges.

reversenoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪˈvɜːs/
formal a problem or ​failure that makes it more difficult for a ​person or ​organization to be ​successful: The ​company suffered a reverse on the ​tradingmarket.
(also the reverse) the ​opposite of something: The ​directorassured us the ​company was doing well, but it ​turned out that the reverse was ​true.the reverse of sth Her ​approach to ​marketing is the reverse of what we have done so far.
the other ​side of a ​piece of ​paper, etc.: Write your ​account details on the reverse of the ​cheque.
be in reverse/go into reverse FINANCE if something ​relating to ​finance goes into reverse, it ​starts to ​losevalue: The ​shares were in reverse for a ​longtime. If we don't get any ​salesgrowth, ​profits will go into reverse.

reverseadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /rɪˈvɜːs/
the ​opposite of what has just been mentioned: Although intended to reassure ​shareholders, this ​strategy clearly had the reverse ​effect.
going in the ​opposite direction from what usually ​happens or what has ​happened before : We ​reviewed all the ​figures in reverse chronological order.
used to describe the other ​side of a ​piece of ​paper, etc.: She made a ​note on the reverse ​side of the last ​page.
(Definition of reverse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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