verb \in-ˈvent\

: to create or produce (something useful) for the first time

: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people

Full Definition of INVENT

transitive verb
archaic :  find, discover
:  to devise by thinking :  fabricate
:  to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment
in·ven·tor \-ˈven-tər\ noun
in·ven·tress \-ˈven-trəs\ noun

Examples of INVENT

  1. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.
  2. She is credited with inventing a procedure that has helped to save thousands of lives.
  3. She invented a clever excuse.
  4. We found out that he had invented the stories he told us about his military service.

Origin of INVENT

Middle English, from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire to come upon, find, from in- + venire to come — more at come
First Known Use: 15th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: inventable
Previous Word in the Dictionary: inveil
All Words Near: invent

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up invent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).