invent

verb
in·​vent | \in-ˈvent \
invented; inventing; invents

Definition of invent 

transitive verb

1 : to produce (something, such as a useful device or process) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment

2 : to devise by thinking : fabricate

3 archaic : find, discover

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Other Words from invent

inventor \ in-​ˈven-​tər \ noun
inventress \ in-​ˈven-​trəs \ noun

Examples of invent in a Sentence

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. She is credited with inventing a procedure that has helped to save thousands of lives. She invented a clever excuse. We found out that he had invented the stories he told us about his military service.
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The iron dike invented by Mr. S. B. Driggs, of New York, seems to put an effectual barrier in the way of these destructive agents. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018 In 1960, the Etch A Sketch Magic Screen drawing toy, invented by French electrician Andre Cassagnes, was first produced by the Ohio Art Co. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 12 July 2018 The shop serves specialty drinks invented by patrons. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "RJ Ice Cream in Elm Grove is a kid's paradise," 28 June 2018 The Story in German/English, French and English/Mandarin editions; and a special mini-series documentary exploring the art of recording as invented by the Yellow Label. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "Deutsche Grammophon Turning 120 With Forbidden City Concert, Massive Box Set, Rare Shellac Releases," 13 June 2018 The best safety net ever invented by God is family. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Have Medicaid? New Michigan bill may force you to work," 18 Apr. 2018 Another muddled mint-laden concoction is the whiskey smash, invented by 19th century barman Harry Johnson. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Natural cocktail flavors abound with the use of a muddler | Idaho Statesman," 10 Apr. 2018 Trump did not invent this language from whole cloth. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Why Tyrants Dehumanize the Powerless," 20 June 2018 Netflix didn't invent true crime, but our national obsession with the subject was certainly fueled by docu-series like Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and Wild, Wild Country. refinery29.com, "What You Need To Know Before Binging Netflix's The Staircase," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of invent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for invent

Middle English, from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire to come upon, find, from in- + venire to come — more at come

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invent

verb

English Language Learners Definition of invent

: 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

invent

verb
in·​vent | \in-ˈvent \
invented; inventing

Kids Definition of invent

1 : to create or produce for the first time Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.

2 : to think up : make up She invented an excuse for being late.

Other Words from invent

inventor \ -​ˈvent-​ər \ noun
in·​vent

Legal Definition of invent 

: to create or produce for the first time

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inventor noun

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