invert

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verb

in·​vert in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio)
inverted; inverting

transitive verb

1
a
: to reverse in position, order, or relationship
b
: to subject to inversion
2
a
: to turn inside out or upside down
b
: to turn inward
3
: to find the mathematical reciprocal of
to divide using fractions, invert the divisor and multiply
4
: to reincorporate (a company) as a new entity in a foreign country : to put (a company) through the process of inversion (see inversion sense 6)
Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress have questioned the patriotism of corporate executives who elect to invert their companies. Stephen Ohlemacher

invert

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noun

in·​vert ˈin-ˌvərt How to pronounce invert (audio)
: one characterized by inversion

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Synonyms

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

the number 9 looks like an inverted 6

Example Sentences

Verb The lens inverts the image. The number 9 looks like an inverted 6. invert the order of two words in a sentence
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
And to be able to invert and do it and just calm enough to go into a split without having my body go into some spasticity just gives me confidence that there's so many things to still try and do in life and can improve ... Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2022 Remove and cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert cake onto a plate and cool completely. Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 One was that the magnitude of misperception was such that people completely invert majority to minority, from supermajority to just 30 or 40 percent. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 23 Aug. 2022 Let the cakes cool in their pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then run a thin knife or spatula around the edge and gently invert onto a wire rack. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The underestimation is that large as to invert reality, in that sense. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 23 Aug. 2022 Users can also invert the color to spot arches that are particularly faint. Wired, 3 Aug. 2022 O’Flaherty’s, a scrappy gallery in the East Village of Manhattan that’s named after a nonexistent Irish pub, sought to invert the whole notion of the summer group show. John Ortved, New York Times, 20 July 2022 Every way but critical, really, but this was a blockbuster that was happy to invert itself above the press corps and flip them the bird before cackling and soaring away. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 29 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of invert was in 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Invert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invert. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

invert

verb

in·​vert in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio)
inverted; inverting
1
: to turn inside out or upside down
Invert the bowl onto a plate.
2
: to reverse the order or position of
invert numbers

Medical Definition

invert

transitive verb

in·​vert in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio)
1
a
: to reverse in position, order, or relationship
adjacent sequences of DNA and RNA that are complementary and inverted
b
: to subject to inversion
2
a
: to turn inside out or upside down
b
: to turn inward
when a foot is inverted its forepart tends to approach the midline of the body Journal of the American Medical Association

intransitive verb

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

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