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invent

verb in·vent \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
1
archaic :  find, discover
2
:  to devise by thinking :  fabricate
3
:  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

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