Middle English , a inventen borrowing from Old French , from inventer Latin , perfect passive participle of inventus inveniō ( “ come upon, meet with, find, discover ” ), from in ( “ in, on ” ) + veniō ( “ come ” ); see venture. Compare advent, covent, event, prevent, etc.
invent ( third-person singular simple present , invents present participle , inventing simple past and past participle ) invented
To design a new process or mechanism.
After weeks of hard work, I invented a new way to alphabetize matchbooks. To create something fictional for a particular purpose.
I knew I had to invent an excuse, and quickly.
We need a name to put in this form, so let's just invent one.
( obsolete ) To come upon; to find; to find out; to discover.
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vi:
Far off he wonders, what them makes so glad, / If Bacchus merry fruit they did
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design a new process or mechanism
create something fictional
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