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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
References in classic literature ?
My father and I found that we could not look after the inventing and experimental end, and money matters, too, and as Ned had had considerable experience this way we made him take over those worries," and Tom laughed genially.
Also, that in Henry VIIIth's time, a certain cook of the court obtained a handsome reward for inventing an admirable sauce to be eaten with barbacued porpoises, which, you remember, are a species of whale.
On the contrary, the speeding-up seemed to be growing more savage all the time; they were continually inventing new devices to crowd the work on--it was for all the world like the thumbscrew of the medieval torture chamber.
What business had his slave to be marching round the country, inventing machines, and holding up his head among gentlemen?
I believe, myself, that they've seen such a knife, for Angelo pictured it out with his pencil too swiftly and handily for him to have been inventing it, and of course I can't swear that they've never had it; but this I'll go bail for--if they had it when they came to this town, they've got it yet.
But, on the other hand, she could not admit herself to be unhappy, nor, after the first morning, to be less disposed for employment than usual; she was still busy and cheerful; and, pleasing as he was, she could yet imagine him to have faults; and farther, though thinking of him so much, and, as she sat drawing or working, forming a thousand amusing schemes for the progress and close of their attachment, fancying interesting dialogues, and inventing elegant letters; the conclusion of every imaginary declaration on his side was that she refused him.
However small Elinor's general dependence on Lucy's veracity might be, it was impossible for her on serious reflection to suspect it in the present case, where no temptation could be answerable to the folly of inventing a falsehood of such a description.
But I could not help observing that he seemed to think he had hit upon a wonderful expedient for expressing himself in a neat, agreeable, and pointed manner, without the inconvenience of inventing conversation.
Of course, Moncharmin, especially after the money had been restored, continued to believe that he had, for a short while, been the butt of Richard's sense of humor, whereas Richard, on his side, was convinced that Moncharmin had amused himself by inventing the whole of the affair of the Opera ghost, in order to revenge himself for a few jokes.
In order to prevent this dreadful calamity they both set about inventing some plan which would throw suspicion on some one else, and at last they made up their minds that they could do no better than select a Jewish doctor who lived close by as the author of the crime.
For his three or four years of inventing he had re- ceived nothing as yet--nothing but his patent.
Nor does this inability arise from want of organs: for we observe that magpies and parrots can utter words like ourselves, and are yet unable to speak as we do, that is, so as to show that they understand what they say; in place of which men born deaf and dumb, and thus not less, but rather more than the brutes, destitute of the organs which others use in speaking, are in the habit of spontaneously inventing certain signs by which they discover their thoughts to those who, being usually in their company, have leisure to learn their language.