: to create or produce for the first time <Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.>
: to think up : make up <She invented an excuse for being late.>
Word Root of INVENT
The Latin word venīre, meaning “to come,” and its form ventus give us the roots ven and vent. Words from the Latin venīre have something to do with coming. To invent is to come up with a new idea or device that no one has thought of before. To convene is to come together for a purpose. An event is an occasion when many people come together.