Synonyms for reverse


1. reverse, contrary, opposite, opposition, oppositeness
usage: a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
2. reverse, reverse gear, gear, gear mechanism
usage: the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
3. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye, happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event
usage: an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
4. reverse, verso, side
usage: the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
5. reverse, run, running, running play, running game
usage: (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. reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaround, change of direction, reorientation
usage: turning in the opposite direction


1. change by reversal, turn, reverse, change
usage: 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"
2. turn back, invert, reverse, change, alter, modify
usage: turn inside out or upside down
3. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse, rule, decree
usage: rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
4. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate, cancel, strike down
usage: cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
5. invert, reverse, reorder
usage: reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of; "when forming a question, invert the subject and the verb"


1. rearward, reverse, backward (vs. forward)
usage: directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement"
2. reverse (vs. forward)
usage: of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; "in reverse gear"
3. inverse, reverse, backward (vs. forward)
usage: reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
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