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Definition of subvert verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    subvert

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səbˈvɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈvɜːrt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subvert
    BrE BrE//səbˈvɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈvɜːrt//
     
    he / she / it subverts
    BrE BrE//səbˈvɜːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈvɜːrts//
     
    past simple subverted
    BrE BrE//səbˈvɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈvɜːrtɪd//
     
    past participle subverted
    BrE BrE//səbˈvɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈvɜːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form subverting
    BrE BrE//səbˈvɜːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈvɜːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] subvert (something) to try to destroy the authority of a political, religious, etc. system by attacking it secretly or indirectly synonym undermine
  2. 2[transitive] subvert something to challenge somebody’s ideas or expectations and make them consider the opposite synonym undermine The film subverts notions of male and female identity.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French subvertir or Latin subvertere, from sub- ‘from below’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subvert