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 Origin late Middle English: from Old French subvertir or Latin subvertere, from sub- ‘from below’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subvert