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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


INVERT Defined for Kids

invert

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verb in·vert \in-ˈvərt\

Definition of invert for Students

inverted

inverting

  1. 1 :  to turn inside out or upside down <Invert the bowl onto a plate.>

  2. 2 :  to reverse the order or position of <invert numbers>




Medical Dictionary

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invert

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verb in·vert \in-ˈvərt\

Medical Definition of invert

  1. 1a:  to reverse in position, order, or relationship <adjacent sequences of DNA and RNA that are complementary and inverted>b:  to subject to inversion

  2. 2a:  to turn inside out or upside downb:  to turn inward <when a foot is inverted its forepart tends to approach the midline of the body—Journal of the American Medical Association>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo inversion <a normal nipple that inverts later in life can be an ominous sign—P. G. Donohue>




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invert

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noun in·vert \ˈin-ˌvərt\

Medical Definition of invert

  1. :  one characterized by inversion; especially :  homosexual





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