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invert

verb in·vert \ in-ˈvərt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of invert

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 7)
  • Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress have questioned the patriotism of corporate executives who elect to invert their companies.
  • —Stephen Ohlemacher

Examples of invert in a Sentence

  1. The lens inverts the image.

  2. The number 9 looks like an inverted 6.

  3. invert the order of two words in a sentence

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Origin and Etymology of invert

Latin invertere, from in- + vertere to turn — more at worth

invert Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

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invert

noun in·vert \ ˈin-ˌvərt \

Definition of invert

: one characterized by inversion; especially : homosexual

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First Known Use of invert

1838


INVERT Defined for English Language Learners

invert

verb

Definition of invert for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

invert

verb in·vert \ in-ˈvərt \

Definition of invert for Students

inverted; inverting
1 : to turn inside out or upside down
  • Invert the bowl onto a plate.
2 : to reverse the order or position of
  • invert numbers

Medical Dictionary

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invert

transitive verb in·vert \ in-ˈvərt \

medical Definition of invert

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 body
  • Journal 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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invert

noun in·vert \ ˈin-ˌvərt \

medical Definition of invert

: one characterized by inversion; especially : homosexual


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