1 opposite

If you tell children to do something, they will often do the exact reverse.

on the reverse (= on the opposite side)

The coin has a date on one side and the emperor's head on the reverse.

2 gear
put sth in, put sth into, throw sth into

I put the car in reverse.

3 failure/defeat
major, serious
have, suffer

Their forces have suffered serious reverses in recent months.

1 change sth to the opposite
completely, exactly, totally

The decline in this industry has now been completely reversed.


To solve the puzzle, simply reverse the order of the numbers.

quickly, rapidly
seek to, try to
fail to
2 move back

She slowly reversed up the narrow driveway.

She slowly reversed the van up the narrow driveway. (BrE)

in, out

The car reversed into a hedge.

out of

He reversed slowly out of the garage.

He reversed the car slowly out of the garage. (BrE)

Reverse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑car, ↑conviction, ↑course, ↑decay, ↑decision, ↑decline, ↑defeat, ↑direction, ↑effect, ↑fortune, ↑gain, ↑judgement, ↑motion, ↑movement, ↑policy, ↑process, ↑role, ↑ruling, ↑situation, ↑slide, ↑tide, ↑trend, ↑verdict
Reverse is used with these nouns: ↑auction, ↑direction, ↑discrimination, ↑engineering, ↑gear, ↑mortgage, ↑order, ↑side

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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