Definition of subvert
1 : to overturn or overthrow from the foundation : ruin
2 : to pervert or corrupt by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith
Examples of subvert in a Sentence
They conspired to subvert the government.
trying to subvert the electoral process
Recent Examples of subvert from the Web
Every American intelligence agency believes that Russia tried to subvert our country’s democratic process in 2016.
Produced by Dallas Austin, the track, driven by a muted trumpet and T-Boz’s husky come-on vocals, subverted what had become a traditional trope in R&B: women somberly crowing about their man’s infidelity.
But then, Jaffe has built the first part of a career on subverting expectation.
Most onlookers would agree that some graffiti is meant to improve the condition of society, while some is meant to subvert it.
That's already a problem, with millions of connected cameras and home routers being subverted in recent months and used to launch DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.
Ted-Ed gives a rundown of some of the more notable attempts to subvert these laws.
Her Comedy Central show The Sarah Silverman Program (which aired from 2007 to 2010) played on her somewhat child-like onstage persona and subverted it.
Stevens set up just that kind of look for Smart to go one-on-one against James … before subverting that default with some clever action on the weak side.
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SUBVERT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subvert for English Language Learners
: to secretly try to ruin or destroy a government, political system, etc.
: to make (something) weaker or less effective
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