invert

verb
in·vert | \in-ˈvərt \
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 \

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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The yield curve last was inverted in 2007, just before a recession. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Will the Fed Set Off a Recession Alarm?," 11 June 2018 Vo’s gorgeous black-and white drawings repeat and invert, revealing a stark world of night and day and night. Marisha Pessl, New York Times, "Screams. Tears. Meltdowns. New Picture Books Let Bad Behavior Fly, With Just a Bit of Advice," 6 June 2018 Critics revisiting Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s books now are fawning, using that canonizing method of inverting their weaknesses instead of acknowledging them. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Diego and his team have reimagined every step of the A&R process from inverting the commercial model to be artist-friendly and discovering new musicians to changing how individual songs are marketed. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Amuse Raises $15.5M for Free Music Distribution Service & Next Generation Record Label," 22 May 2018 The puppy was inverted in an 8 inch pipe about 20 feet underground and crews extricated the puppy using a series of ropes. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Must-see TV: Firefighters rescue squealing puppy from well," 17 May 2018 When ready to serve, invert the terrine onto a platter. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 Cool upright in pan on wire rack for 1 hour, then invert onto a serving plate. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Tunnel of Fudge Cake," 20 June 2018 Carefully invert the cake onto another cooling rack to cool completely. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Bake this luxurious Bundt cake for a rehearsal dinner and add berries and cream," 4 June 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

: 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 \
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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of invert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one characterized by inversion especially : homosexual

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