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

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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 Re-invert the cake onto a serving platter and cool completely, about 1 hour. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 Once cool, run a knife along the edge of the pan to release cake, then invert onto the rack to remove from the pan. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 Peel the top plastic off the tortilla, invert it carefully onto your open palm, and then transfer it to the heated comal. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Using the parchment overhang, pull marshmallow slab out of the pan and gently invert it onto the confectioners' sugar. G. Daniela Galarza, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 Its new design will invert the existing lawyer-centric, reactive paradigm to better address customer objectives and provide an improved experience. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Unwrap the butter just so the top is exposed, then use the parchment paper to carefully invert the block in the center of the dough rectangle, ensuring all sides are parallel. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto individual plates and spoon the remaining sauce over the tops. Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Let cool in pans 10 minutes, then invert onto wire rack and let cool completely. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, 20 Jan. 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Invert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invert. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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

invert

transitive verb
in·​vert | \ in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \

Medical Definition of invert

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

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