invert

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

Definition of invert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

noun
in·​vert | \ ˈin-ˌvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \

Definition of invert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one characterized by inversion

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Synonyms for invert

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of invert in a Sentence

Verb The lens inverts the image. The number 9 looks like an inverted 6. invert the order of two words in a sentence
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The equipment has been found to blur and the data projected on the image can sometimes invert, possibly disorienting pilots. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "U.S. Marine Corps Concludes Its Investigation Into a Fatal 2018 Midair Crash Was Inaccurate," 2 July 2020 On the Texas-Mexico border, the dynamic appears to be inverted. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Coronavirus on the border," 27 May 2020 If the power implications do not seem convincing, try inverting the relationship in your mind: What if a small group of citizens had secret access to the telephone logs and social networks of government officials? Barton Gellman, Wired, "Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network," 24 May 2020 Invert a serving plate over the cake, invert the pan and plate together and gently lift the pan pan. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Eggless Citrus Upside-Down Cake," 8 Apr. 2020 Less than a year has gone by since the yield curve first inverted. The Economist, "America’s yield curve is no longer inverted," 14 Nov. 2019 Sapakie's favorite moment from the sequence came when Lopez was inverted on the pole — the moment that Sapakie knew would establish Ramona as a veteran dancer— and the superstar smiled for the cameras. Mia Galuppo, Billboard, "Here's How Jennifer Lopez Pulled Off Her Show-Stopping Pole Dancing Sequence in 'Hustlers'," 10 Oct. 2019 With the condensed schedule, NASCAR is also implementing some format changes, such as inverting the race field based on previous results and shorter-length races. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "With NASCAR returning, here's what's going on behind the scenes at Kentucky Speedway," 15 May 2020 Cool the cakes for 10 minutes in the pans, then run a knife around the edge of each pan to loosen and invert them onto a cooling rack. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Park Tavern’s Coconut Cake," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of invert

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invert

Verb

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

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The first known use of invert was in 1533

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12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Invert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invert. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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invert

verb
How to pronounce invert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of invert

formal
: 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

invert

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

Kids Definition of invert

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

Medical Definition of invert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to reverse in position, order, or relationship adjacent sequences of DNA and RNA that are complementary and inverted
b : to subject to inversion
2a : 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 bodyJournal 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

invert

noun
in·​vert | \ ˈin-ˌvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \

Medical Definition of invert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one characterized by inversion especially : homosexual

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