Meaning of REVERSAL in English

/ rɪˈvɜːsl; NAmE rɪˈvɜːrsl/ noun


[ C , U ] reversal (of sth) a change of sth so that it is the opposite of what it was :

a complete / dramatic / sudden reversal of policy

the reversal of a decision

The government suffered a total reversal of fortune(s) last week.


[ C ] a change from being successful to having problems or being defeated :

the team's recent reversal

The company's financial problems were only a temporary reversal.


[ C , U ] an exchange of positions or functions between two or more people :

It's a complete role reversal / reversal of roles (= for example when a husband cares for the house and children while the wife works) .



late 15th cent. (as a legal term): from reverse + -al .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.