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"inverse" in British English

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inverseadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɪnˈvɜːs/  us   /-ˈvɝːs/
opposite in ​relation to something ​else: Their ​generosity was in inverse proportion/​relation totheirincome (= the more ​money they had the less ​generous they were).
inversely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
Sometimes it ​seems that ​presscoverage of an ​event is inversely proportional to ​itstrueimportance (= the more ​important the ​event, the less ​attention is ​paid to it).

inversenoun [S]

uk   /ɪnˈvɜːs/  us   /-ˈvɝːs/ formal
the inverse the ​opposite: Dividing by two is the inverse ofmultiplying by two.
(Definition of inverse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inverse" in American English

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inverseadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪnˈvɜrs, ˈɪn·vɜrs/
changing in an ​oppositedirection in ​relation to something ​else, esp. an ​amount: in inverse ​proportion an inverse ​relationship
inversely
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ɪnˈvɜrs·li, ˈɪnˌvɜrs-/
By and ​large, ​yourability to ​cope with ​changevaries inversely with ​age.
(Definition of inverse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inverse" in Business English

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inverseadjective [only before noun]

uk   us   /ɪnˈvɜːs/
changing in the ​opposite way in relation to something else, especially an ​amount: an inverse relationship between sth and sth There is an inverse ​relationship between ​interestrates and ​bondprices.in inverse proportion to sth The ​amount of ​businessactivity is in inverse ​proportion to the ​amount of ​governmentcontrol.

inversenoun [S]

uk   us   /ɪnˈvɜːs/ formal
the ​opposite: the inverse of sth The ​currentcrisis is the ​exact inverse of the ​boom we ​experienced a few ​years ago. The Earnings/Price ​ratio is the inverse of the Price/Earnings ​ratio.
(Definition of inverse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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