invent

verb
in·​vent | \ in-ˈvent How to pronounce invent (audio) \
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 How to pronounce inventor (audio) \ noun
inventress \ in-​ˈven-​trəs How to pronounce inventress (audio) \ 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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Anansi the Spider is attributed by some with having invented the story. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 The task was essentially inventing a new music, said Spiwak. Tim Greiving, latimes.com, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge needed a musical score. Cue John ‘Obi-wan’ Williams," 12 June 2019 An environmental scientist inventing a novel way to fight drought. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Meet Glamour's 2019 College Women of the Year," 11 June 2019 At one point in Notes and Projects for the Large Glass, Marcel Duchamp reflects on inventing new languages as a way of getting to some sort of primary experience. Lewis Hyde, Harper's magazine, "Ars Oblivionalis," 10 June 2019 But while scientific research can take credit for the former, the media played a key role in the latter, by inventing something perhaps even more potent: paternity testing as a cultural phenomenon. Nara B. Milanich, Time, "Paternity Testing Had a Long History Before Today’s DNA Kits. The Science Hasn’t Always Matched the Hype," 10 June 2019 His prose heaved with period slang and the books featured a mix of real and invented characters through which Ellroy explored the roots of criminal and even psychopathic behaviour. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 In a Word Humans were more than happy with sugar for 1,000 years or so, until a Baltimore chemist accidentally invented another artificial sweetener in 1878. Christian Science Monitor, "The Culture," 7 June 2019 Not every reporter is there to gawk, and the press hardly invented the idea that reaching 29,029 feet above sea level is one of the ultimate human achievements. Michael Kodas, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mount Everest is packed. Whose fault is that?," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce invent (audio) \
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
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Legal Definition of invent

: to create or produce for the first time

Other Words from invent

inventor noun

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