June 23, 2016
To reverse something is to do the opposite or go in the opposite direction.
- The ship reversed course by going north instead of south.
- The candidate reversed his position on the issue of gun control following a shooting.
- The company reversed its decision to open up a new factory in Indonesia. Instead, it has chosen to stay in the United States.
In these sentences, "reverse" is a noun:
- Put the car into reverse when backing out of a parking space.
- It's not easy to drive in reverse.
- Instead of going to Hawaii on vacation, they did the reverse and stayed home.
You can also use the word "reverse" as an adjective:
- Bernie and Wendy are using a reverse mortgage to help fund their retirement. (This sentence uses the noun "reverse" as an adjective to describe the word "mortgage.")
- On the reverse side of a penny is an image of the Lincoln Memorial.
- You can do a reverse search on a phone number to find the identity of a person who is calling you.
The word "reversible" is an adjective. It's often used for clothing.
- This shirt is reversible. On one side it's red, on the other side it's blue with white stripes.
- I have a reversible belt. One side is brown; the other side is black.
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