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invert

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verb in·vert \in-ˈvərt\

Simple Definition of invert

  • : to turn (something) upside down

  • : to change the position, order, or relationship of things so that they are the opposite of what they had been

Full Definition of invert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to reverse in position, order, or relationship b :  to subject to inversion

  3. 2 a :  to turn inside out or upside down b :  to turn inward

  4. 3 :  to find the mathematical reciprocal of <to divide using fractions, invert the divisor and multiply>

Examples of invert

  1. The lens inverts the image.

  2. The number 9 looks like an inverted 6.

  3. invert the order of two words in a sentence



Origin of invert

Latin invertere, from in- + vertere to turn — more at worth


First Known Use: 1533

Synonym Discussion of invert

reverse, transpose, invert mean to change to the opposite position. reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning <reversed his position on the trade agreement>. transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position <transposed the letters to form an anagram>. invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out <a stamp with an inverted picture of an airplane>.

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invert

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noun in·vert \ˈin-ˌvərt\

Definition of invert

  1. :  one characterized by inversion; especially :  homosexual



1838

First Known Use of invert

1838



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