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: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of the initial curves that Harvey examined, the 5-year to the 3-month, has been inverted since February. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Is the ‘Code Red’ Recession Indicator Simply a False Alarm?: Term Sheet," 10 Sep. 2019 The vessel, which was resting inverted on the ocean floor, has been uprighted but remains submerged in about 60 feet of water, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials said. Los Angeles Times, "California boat fire probe widens as FBI serves search warrants on Conception owner," 8 Sep. 2019 Three times in roughly the past week, the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries has dropped below, or inverted, that of two-year Treasury bonds. NBC News, "White House is wrong to dismiss yield curve inversion, economists say," 22 Aug. 2019 After all, the yield curve inverted roughly 14 months before each of the past nine U.S. recessions. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Why the "inverted yield curve" is fueling recession fears," 14 Aug. 2019 Ad agencies’ increasing reliance on data is inverting the traditional creative model, where the teams dreaming up ad campaigns use their gut instincts to tap into the zeitgeist. Matthew Kassel, WSJ, "Ad Creators Get Inspiration From Big Data," 17 June 2019 Run a knife around edges of cake, then invert onto serving plate, replacing any dates that stick to pan. Tannaz Sassooni, sun-sentinel.com, "Persian Upside-Down Cake: A sweet tribute to a Rosh Hashanah tradition," 11 Sep. 2019 Before this month, that section of the yield curve hadn't inverted since 2007, just before the Great Recession. Cnn Business Staff, CNN, "What is the yield curve and why it matters," 22 Aug. 2019 Other parts of the curve had already inverted, beginning late last year. Washington Post, "Treasury yields invert, warning of possible recession," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of invert

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1827, 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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The first known use of invert was in 1533

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invert

verb
How to pronounce invert (audio)

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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