invent

verb

in·​vent in-ˈvent How to pronounce invent (audio)
invented; inventing; invents

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
inventor noun
inventress 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Xu's video explains that color TV was invented in 1954 and ciabatta bread was only created in 1982. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 Dolley Payne Todd Madison, who was raised by a Quaker family in Philadelphia, is considered by many to have invented the role of First Lady. Torey Akers, CNN, 9 July 2024 Steps lead down into a macabre mass grave of citizens who could afford a process of mummification that the monks invented in the 17th century. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 July 2024 That gloss overlooked the reality that people with little wealth or power frequently are forced to contend with overweening bureaucrats who invent their own authority and play by their own rules. Jacob Sullum, Orange County Register, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for invent 

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of invent was in the 15th century

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“Invent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invent. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

invent

verb
in·​vent in-ˈvent How to pronounce invent (audio)
1
: to think up : make up
invent an excuse
2
: to create or produce for the first time
invented a new game
inventor noun

Legal Definition

invent

transitive verb
in·​vent
: to create or produce for the first time
inventor noun

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