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 Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto rack to cool completely. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Retro Christmas Tree Cake," 29 Oct. 2019 Drain the water by inverting the container so the water flows through the screen or cheesecloth. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Lentil croquettes from Bar Tartine alumni," 4 Oct. 2019 For instance, the yield curve inverted in 2006, sending out a loud alarm about the risk of a recession. Matt Egan, CNN, "Stocks and bonds are sending conflicting signals about the economy. Which one is right?," 16 Sep. 2019 Our traditional role, too, is inverted, from viewer looking out of the painting-as-window to voyeur peering in. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "In Laura Krifka’s paintings, you’re the voyeur looking in with naked attraction," 2 Oct. 2019 Yield curves were inverted for several months in 2007, then reverted and began to steepen in the fall before the recession hit. Sven Henrich For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Powell says he expects the economy to remain strong. Don't believe him," 19 Sep. 2019 More than six months later, Flynn’s wife noticed that his left nipple was inverted. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Stewart Pleads With All in Lower Manhattan After 9/11 Attacks to Get Screened," 19 Sep. 2019 The spread between three-month and 10-year securities has been inverted for much of the past four months, and such a trend has preceded each of the last seven recessions. Washington Post, "U.S. Recession Indicators Haven’t Made Up Their Minds," 13 Sep. 2019 The spread between three-month and 10-year securities has been inverted for much of the past four months, and such a trend has preceded each of the last seven recessions. Reade Pickert, Fortune, "U.S. Recession Indicators Haven’t Made Up Their Minds," 12 Sep. 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Invert.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inverts. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for invert

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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