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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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 Let cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack and let cool completely. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Forest Friends Cake," 25 Oct. 2018 Transfer cake to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before inverting onto wire rack to cool completely. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 When the yield curve flattened to the current, still not inverted, level of the 10-year-3-month spread before each of the past seven recessions, the S&P went on to gain over the next year in five cases, and lost in only two. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Afraid of the Yield Curve? You’re Looking at the Wrong One," 6 Dec. 2018 Bake for 25 to 30 minutes directly on top of stone or inverted pan until bottom crust is crisp and golden brown when checked with a metal spatula. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 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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