invent

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verb in·vent \in-ˈvent\

Definition of invent

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  find, discover

  3. 2 :  to devise by thinking :  fabricate

  4. 3 :  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

inventor

play \in-ˈven-tər\ noun

inventress

play \in-ˈven-trəs\ noun

Examples of invent in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of invent

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


INVENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of invent for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

invent

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verb in·vent \in-ˈvent\

Definition of invent for Students

invented

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inventing

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

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

inventor

\-ˈvent-ər\ noun

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.


Law Dictionary

invent

transitive verb in·vent

Legal Definition of invent

  1. :  to create or produce for the first time

inventor

noun


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