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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For arms sales, Biden’s solution was to invert the legal mechanism in question. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Farewell to Arms Deals," 11 June 2019 Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack to cool completely. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 Detroit’s new Shinola Hotel even inverted the bed-and-browse concept by opening a whole hotel inspired by the Motor City wristwatch, electronics and leather goods brand. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "At hotel gift shops, local artisans’ wares replace kitschy keychains and T-shirts," 21 June 2019 Rubin might project two reels side-by-side or superimposed, and that superimposition might involve one reel being inverted or cut into four frame-shards and spliced back together at random, and then projected on the Warhol Factory’s silver ceiling. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Barbara Rubin, Shameless Angel of Avant-Garde Cinema," 21 May 2019 Lay four more ladyfingers across the top and trim the four remaining ladyfingers to fill in gaps so that the top (which will be the base of the charlotte once inverted) is covered. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Recipe: Pear Charlotte Cake," 18 Nov. 2015 The yield curve -- the gap between short and long-term Treasury bond yields -- has inverted, signaling that investors believe Federal Reserve policy has become too restrictive. Matt Egan, Anneken Tappe And Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Why it's too early to hunker down for a recession," 16 June 2019 The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Georgia Chick-fil-A Sets Up an Empty Table in Honor of Missing Soldiers on Veterans Day," 11 Nov. 2015 That may sound like a no-brainer, but many thin gaming laptops have resorted to inverting the motherboards and putting the M.2 and RAM slots out of reach without removing the motherboard first. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with HP's Omen X 2S 15: The world's first dual-screen gaming laptop," 14 May 2019

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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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