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
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Panels of lace line the bra band for an extra touch of drama, inverting the triangle shape and creating the illusion of an hourglass figure when worn. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 The team observed three common responses to the light source made by the insects, including orbiting the light, stalling — which caused the insect to steeply climb above the light — and inverting, in which the insect flipped over and crashed into the ground. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Use the pot for cooking on a camp stove or fire grate, and transform it into an oven by nestling it into the coals, inverting the lid and lining it with aluminum foil, then placing coals on top. Cindy Dampier, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 If the bottom of the pan was properly greased, invert the pan and giving it a slight tap should be enough to loosen the slices. Julia Levy, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 But The Love Witch director Anna Biller inverted that trope in her 2016 film by using turquoise shadow as a signifier of heroine Elaine’s agency and deadly power — a witch who lures men into her trap, coloring them objects of her own desire and later, vengeance. Emily Leibert, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 Wild theoretical portraitures are called for: The sound of melting light, and time inverting. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 23 Jan. 2024 In this sense, my scan inverted my conception of health. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2024 Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; invert cake onto wire rack, and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 31 Dec. 2023 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 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

invert

verb
in·​vert
in-ˈvərt
1
: to reverse the position, order, or relationship of
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

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 bodyJournal of the American Medical Association

intransitive verb

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

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