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Origin of invert

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin invertere “to turn upside down or inside out,” equivalent to in- “in” + vertere “to turn”; see in-2, verse

synonym study for invert

2. See reverse.

OTHER WORDS FROM invert

in·vert·i·ble, adjectivenon·in·vert·ed, adjectiveun·in·vert·ed, adjective
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How to use invert in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for invert

invert

verb (ɪnˈvɜːt)
to turn or cause to turn upside down or inside out
(tr) to reverse in effect, sequence, direction, etc
(tr) 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)
psychiatry
  1. a person who adopts the role of the opposite sex
  2. another word for homosexual
architect
  1. the lower inner surface of a drain, sewer, etcCompare soffit (def. 2)
  2. an arch that is concave upwards, esp one used in foundations

Derived forms of invert

invertible, adjectiveinvertibility, noun

Word Origin for invert

C16: from Latin invertere, from in- ² + vertere to turn
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Medical definitions for invert

invert
[ ĭn-vûrt ]

v.
To turn inside out or upside down.
To reverse the position, order, or condition of.
To subject to inversion.
n.
Something inverted.
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