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From Middle English inventen, borrowed from Old French inventer, from Latin inventus, perfect passive participle of inveniō (come upon, meet with, find, discover), from in (in, on) + veniō (come); see venture. Compare advent, covent, event, prevent, etc.


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈvɛnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnt


invent (third-person singular simple present invents, present participle inventing, simple past and past participle invented)

  1. To design a new process or mechanism.
    After weeks of hard work, I invented a new way to alphabetize matchbooks.
  2. 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.
    Synonym: make up
  3. (obsolete) To come upon; to find; to discover.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene,
      Far off he wonders, what them makes so glad, / If Bacchus merry fruit they did inuent [...].


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invent m (plural invents)

  1. invention


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