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in·vent

 (ĭn-vĕnt′)
tr.v. in·vent·ed, in·vent·ing, in·vents
1. To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination.
2. To make up; fabricate: invent a likely excuse.

[Latin invenīre, invent-, to find : in-, on, upon; see in-2 + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

in·vent′i·ble adj.
in·ven′tor n.

invent

(ɪnˈvɛnt)
vb
1. to create or devise (new ideas, machines, etc)
2. to make up (falsehoods); fabricate
[C15: from Latin invenīre to find, come upon, from in-2 + venīre to come]
inˈventible, inˈventable adj

in•vent

(ɪnˈvɛnt)

v.t.
1. to originate as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent a better mousetrap.
2. to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story.
3. to make up or fabricate (something fictitious or false): to invent excuses.
4. Archaic. to come upon; find.
[1425–75; late Middle English invented (past participle) discovered < Latin invenīre to encounter, come upon, find =in- in-2 + venīre to come]
in•vent′i•ble, adj.

invent

discover
1. 'invent'

If someone invents something new, they are the first person to think of it or make it.

Walter Hunt and Elias Howe invented the sewing machine.
2. 'discover'

You do not use 'invent' to say that someone finds out about something which exists but which was not previously known. The word you use is discover.

Herschel discovered a new planet.
Having found these fragments, the team of researchers discovered a way to date them.

invent


Past participle: invented
Gerund: inventing

Imperative
invent
invent
Present
I invent
you invent
he/she/it invents
we invent
you invent
they invent
Preterite
I invented
you invented
he/she/it invented
we invented
you invented
they invented
Present Continuous
I am inventing
you are inventing
he/she/it is inventing
we are inventing
you are inventing
they are inventing
Present Perfect
I have invented
you have invented
he/she/it has invented
we have invented
you have invented
they have invented
Past Continuous
I was inventing
you were inventing
he/she/it was inventing
we were inventing
you were inventing
they were inventing
Past Perfect
I had invented
you had invented
he/she/it had invented
we had invented
you had invented
they had invented
Future
I will invent
you will invent
he/she/it will invent
we will invent
you will invent
they will invent
Future Perfect
I will have invented
you will have invented
he/she/it will have invented
we will have invented
you will have invented
they will have invented
Future Continuous
I will be inventing
you will be inventing
he/she/it will be inventing
we will be inventing
you will be inventing
they will be inventing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been inventing
you have been inventing
he/she/it has been inventing
we have been inventing
you have been inventing
they have been inventing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been inventing
you will have been inventing
he/she/it will have been inventing
we will have been inventing
you will have been inventing
they will have been inventing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been inventing
you had been inventing
he/she/it had been inventing
we had been inventing
you had been inventing
they had been inventing
Conditional
I would invent
you would invent
he/she/it would invent
we would invent
you would invent
they would invent
Past Conditional
I would have invented
you would have invented
he/she/it would have invented
we would have invented
you would have invented
they would have invented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.invent - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
2.invent - make up something artificial or untrueinvent - make up something artificial or untrue
dream up, think up, hatch, concoct, think of - devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"
mythologise, mythologize - construct a myth; "The poet mythologized that the King had three sons"
confabulate - unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
trump up, concoct - invent; "trump up charges"
spin - make up a story; "spin a yarn"
vamp, vamp up - make up; "vamp up an excuse for not attending the meeting"

invent

verb
2. make up, devise, concoct, forge, fake, fabricate, feign, falsify, cook up (informal), trump up I stood there, trying to invent a plausible excuse.

invent

verb
To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving:
Informal: cook up.
Idiom: come up with.
Translations
اخترعيَبْتَدِع، يُلَفِّق قِصَّهيَخْتَرِعيَخْتَرِعُ
vynaléztvymyslit si
opfindefinde påopdigte
keksiä
izumiti
feltalálkitalál
finna upphugsa upp
発明する
발명하다
išradėjasišradimasišrasti
izdomātizgudrot
vynájsť
izmisliti siiznajti
uppfinna
ประดิษฐ์
phát minh

invent

[ɪnˈvent] VTinventar

invent

[ɪnˈvɛnt] vt
[+ device, technique, game] → inventer
He invented the first electric clock → Il inventa la première pendule électrique.
Writing had not been invented as yet → L'écriture n'avait pas encore été inventée.
He taught them a game he had invented → Il leur a appris un jeu de son invention., Il leur a appris un jeu qu'il avait inventé.
(= fabricate) [+ excuse, alibi] → inventer
I was trying to invent a plausible excuse → J'essayais d'inventer une excuse plausible.

invent

vterfinden

invent

[ɪnˈvɛnt] vtinventare

invent

(inˈvent) verb
1. to be the first person to make or use (eg a machine, method etc). Who invented the microscope?; When was printing invented?
2. to make up or think of (eg an excuse or story). I'll have to invent some excuse for not going with him.
inˈvention (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of inventing or the ability to invent. He had great powers of invention.
2. something invented. What a marvellous invention the sewing-machine was!
inˈventive (-tiv) adjective
good at inventing. an inventive mind.
inˈventiveness noun
inˈventor noun
a person who invents. Alexander Graham Bell was the inventor of the telephone.
see also discover.

invent

يَخْتَرِعُ vynalézt opfinde erfinden εφευρίσκω inventar keksiä inventer izumiti inventare 発明する 발명하다 uitvinden finne opp wynaleźć inventar изобретать uppfinna ประดิษฐ์ icat etmek phát minh 发明
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Couldn't we invent a rich relation, who shall obligingly die out there in Germany, and leave him a tidy little fortune?
With quick imagina- tion he began to invent his own people to whom he could really talk and to whom he explained the things he had been unable to explain to living peo- ple.
She might have invented a pretext for staying away; she might even invent a pretext now for going.
These Mohicans and I will do what man's thoughts can invent, to keep such flowers, which, though so sweet, were never made for the wilderness, from harm, and that without hope of any other recompense but such as God always gives to upright dealings.
Harrod's fort was then defended by only sixty-five men, and Boonsborough by twenty-two, there being no more forts or white men in the country, except at the Falls, a considerable distance from these, and all taken collectively, were but a handful to the numerous warriors that were every where dispersed through the country, intent upon doing all the mischief that savage barbarity could invent.
Anybody who could invent a new imitation had been sure of a fortune from old Durham, said Jurgis' informant; but it was hard to think of anything new in a place where so many sharp wits had been at work for so long; where men welcomed tuberculosis in the cattle they were feeding, because it made them fatten more quickly; and where they bought up all the old rancid butter left over in the grocery stores of a continent, and "oxidized" it by a forced-air process, to take away the odor, rechurned it with skim milk, and sold it in bricks in the cities
He'd invent that, I'll be bound; let a nigger alone for that, any time.
Why, I could make anything a body wanted -- anything in the world, it didn't make any difference what; and if there wasn't any quick new-fangled way to make a thing, I could invent one -- and do it as easy as rolling off a log.
I'll think the thing over -- I'll invent a plan that'll fix it.
When poor Rebecca, driven to the wall, had to avow the reasons lying behind the sacrifice of the sunshade, her aunt said, "Now see here, Rebecca, you're too big to be whipped, and I shall never whip you; but when you think you ain't punished enough, just tell me, and I'll make out to invent a little something more.
She had an unhappy state of health in general for the child of such a man, for she hardly knew what indisposition was; and if he did not invent illnesses for her, she could make no figure in a message.
The first month after their marriage was spent with their friend at the Mansion-house; from whence they could superintend the progress of the Parsonage, and direct every thing as they liked on the spot;-- could chuse papers, project shrubberies, and invent a sweep.