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[v. in-vurt; adj., n. in-vurt] /v. ɪnˈvɜrt; adj., n. ˈɪn vɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to turn upside down.
to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.
to turn or change to the opposite or contrary, as in nature, bearing, or effect:
to invert a process.
to turn inward or back upon itself.
to turn inside out.
Chemistry. to subject to inversion.
Music. to subject to musical inversion.
Phonetics. to articulate as a retroflex vowel.
verb (used without object)
Chemistry. to become inverted.
Chemistry. subjected to inversion.
a person or thing that is inverted.
a homosexual.
(in plumbing) that portion of the interior of a drain or sewer pipe where the liquid is deepest.
an inverted arch or vault.
Philately. a two-colored postage stamp with all or part of the central design printed upside down in relation to the inscription.
Origin of invert
1525-35; < Latin invertere to turn upside down or inside out, equivalent to in- in-2 + vertere to turn; see verse
Related forms
invertible, adjective
invertibility, noun
noninverted, adjective
uninverted, adjective
uninvertible, adjective
2. See reverse. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for invert
  • To turn, slide cake out onto a large plate, cover with another large plate and invert.
  • It is an attempt not so much to diversify the economy as to invert it.
  • invert the lid and glue the oven cooking bag over the flap opening, making sure to glue the bag opening shut as well.
  • Loosen cake from pan with a slender spatula, then invert onto a rack.
  • Clean the rims of the jars to promote a good seal, then fasten the caps tightly and invert onto a wire rack to cool.
  • invert the mold and tap it with a mallet to free the pot.
  • Run a butter knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rack.
  • Remove dishes from oven and immediately invert cakes onto small plates or shallow bowls.
  • Run a knife around the sides of puddings and invert onto serving plates.
  • invert the baking dish onto a serving plate and lift it off.
British Dictionary definitions for invert


verb (ɪnˈvɜːt)
to turn or cause to turn upside down or inside out
(transitive) to reverse in effect, sequence, direction, etc
(transitive) (phonetics)
  1. to turn (the tip of the tongue) up and back
  2. to pronounce (a speech sound) by retroflexion
(logic) to form the inverse of a categorial proposition
noun (ˈɪnvɜːt)
  1. a person who adopts the role of the opposite sex
  2. another word for homosexual
  1. the lower inner surface of a drain, sewer, etc Compare soffit (sense 2)
  2. an arch that is concave upwards, esp one used in foundations
Derived Forms
invertible, adjective
invertibility, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin invertere, from in-² + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for invert

1530s, from Middle French invertir or directly from Latin invertere "turn upside down, turn about," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Inverted; inverting; invertedly.

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invert in Medicine

invert in·vert (ĭn-vûrt')
v. in·vert·ed, in·vert·ing, in·verts

  1. To turn inside out or upside down.

  2. To reverse the position, order, or condition of.

  3. To subject to inversion.

n. (ĭn'vûrt')
  1. Something inverted.

  2. One who takes on the gender role of the opposite sex.

  3. A homosexual. Used in psychology.

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