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

flip, reverse, turn over

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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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In 2006, the yield curve fully inverted, with 10-year yields below all shorter maturities, as house prices stalled. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "What Happens When Bond Markets Get Weird," 3 Jan. 2019 Now, the yield curve is closer to inverting not because short-term economic indicators are improving, but because longer-term rate expectations are falling. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Flatter Yield Curves Aren’t Always Bad News—but This One Is," 4 Dec. 2018 Remove the sides of the pan and invert the cake onto a plate. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: An Italian-style (gluten-free!) cake for Easter," 23 Mar. 2018 Carefully invert the tarte tatin onto a serving plate. Fox News, "Gail Simmons' Holiday Desserts," 10 Dec. 2010 Remove from oven, rap pan on countertop once more, then invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely in pan. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Cool in pans on wire racks, 5 minutes, then invert onto racks to cool completely. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Candy Cane Cake," 11 Dec. 2018 Then, carefully slide a spatula around and under the bottom of the cake and invert it onto a cutting board. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 Cool in pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of invert

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1838, 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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invert

verb

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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