invent

  • 1 Invent — In*vent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inventing}.] [L. inventus, p. p. of invenire to come upon, to find, invent; pref. in in + venire to come, akin to E. come: cf. F. inventer. See {Come}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come or light …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 invent — 1 *contrive, devise, frame, concoct Analogous words: initiate, inaugurate (see BEGIN): institute, *found, establish 2 Invent, create, discover are comparable terms frequently confused in the sense of to bring into being something new. Invent (see …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 invent — in‧vent [ɪnˈvent] verb [transitive] 1. to make, design or produce something new or a new way of doing something: • Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven. • Mr. Monaghan virtually invented the modern pizza delivery business when he founded… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 invent — in·vent vt: to create or produce for the first time in·ven·tor n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. invent …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 invent — [v1] create, think up ad lib, author, bear, bring into being, coin, come upon, come up with, compose, conceive, contrive, cook up*, design, devise, discover, dream up, envision, execute, fake, fashion, find, forge, form, formulate, frame, hatch,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 invent — [in vent′] vt. [ME inventen < L inventus, pp. of invenire, to come upon, meet with, discover < in , in, on + venire, to COME] 1. to think up; devise or fabricate in the mind [to invent excuses] 2. to think out or produce (a new device,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 invent — (v.) late 15c., find, discover, a back formation from invention or else from L. inventus, pp. of invenire “to come upon; devise, discover” (see INVENTION (Cf. invention)). Meaning make up, think up is from 1530s, as is that of produce by… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 invent — ► VERB 1) create or design (a new device, process, etc.). 2) make up (a false story, name, etc.). DERIVATIVES inventor noun. ORIGIN Latin invenire contrive, discover …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 invent */*/ — UK [ɪnˈvent] / US verb [transitive] Word forms invent : present tense I/you/we/they invent he/she/it invents present participle inventing past tense invented past participle invented Collocations: If you are the first person to make a new type of …

    English dictionary

  • 10 invent — inventible, inventable, adj. /in vent /, v.t. 1. to originate or create as a product of one s own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph. 2. to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story. 3. to make up… …

    Universalium

  • 11 invent — [[t]ɪnve̱nt[/t]] invents, inventing, invented 1) VERB If you invent something such as a machine or process, you are the first person to think of it or make it. [V n] He invented the first electric clock... [V n] Writing had not been invented as… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 invent — verb (T) 1 to make, design, or produce something new for the first time: Alexander Bell invented the telephone in 1876. 2 to think of an idea, story etc that is not true, usually in order to deceive people: They invented a very convincing alibi.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 invent — in•vent [[t]ɪnˈvɛnt[/t]] v. t. 1) to originate as a product of one s own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent a better mousetrap[/ex] 2) to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story[/ex] 3) to make up or fabricate …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 invent — /ɪnˈvɛnt / (say in vent) verb (t) 1. to originate as a product of one s own contrivance: to invent a machine. 2. to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story. 3. to make up or fabricate as something merely fictitious or false: to… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 invent — 01. The telephone was [invented] by Alexander Graham Bell. 02. The home computer is one of the most important [inventions] of our generation. 03. Thomas Edison was one of the greatest [inventors] in history. 04. The philosopher Voltaire once… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 invent — [15] Invent originally meant ‘find’ (‘Since that Eve was procreated out of Adam’s side, could not such newels [novelties] in this land be invented’, wrote the anonymous author of a 15th century song). It was based on invent , the past participial …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 invent — discover, invent To discover something is to find something that was hidden or not known; to invent something is to devise it by human effort: Halley discovered a comet and Galileo invented a telescope. Information as well as physical things can… …

    Modern English usage

  • 18 invent — [15] Invent originally meant ‘find’ (‘Since that Eve was procreated out of Adam’s side, could not such newels [novelties] in this land be invented’, wrote the anonymous author of a 15th century song). It was based on invent , the past participial …

    Word origins

  • 19 invent — verb /ɪnˈvɛnt/ a) To design a new process or mechanism. After weeks of hard work, I invented a new way to alphabetize matchbooks. b) To create something fictional for a particular purpose. I knew I had to invent an excuse, and quickly. Syn:… …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 invent — See discover. See discover, invent …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions


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