Nearby words

  1. revers,
  2. reversal,
  3. reversal film,
  4. reversal plate,
  5. reversal process,
  6. reverse angle shot,
  7. reverse annuity mortgage,
  8. reverse apartheid,
  9. reverse bar,
  10. reverse bevel

Origin of reverse

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English revers < Old French < Latin reversus, past participle of revertere to revert (see verse); (v.) Middle English reversen < Old French reverser < Late Latin reversāre, frequentative of revertere

1. same.

Related forms
Can be confusedconverse inverse obverse reverse

Synonym study

1. See opposite. 15, 17. Reverse, invert agree in meaning to change into a contrary position, order, or relation. To reverse is to place or move something so that it is facing in the opposite direction from the one faced previously: to reverse from right to left; to reverse a decision. To invert is to turn upside down: to invert a stamp in printing; to invert a bowl over a plate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reversely

British Dictionary definitions for reversely


/ (rɪˈvɜːs) /

verb (mainly tr)



Derived Formsreversely, adverbreverser, noun

Word Origin for reverse

C14: from Old French, from Latin reversus, from revertere to turn back

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reversely
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper