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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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"
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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.
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invent

verb
To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving:
Informal: cook up.
Idiom: come up with.
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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
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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.
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invent

vterfinden
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invent

[ɪnˈvɛnt] vtinventare
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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.
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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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When the Bell Company offered him a salary of ten thousand dollars a year to remain its chief inventor, he refused the offer cheerfully on the ground that he could not "invent to order." In 1880, the French Government gave him the Volta Prize of fifty thousand francs and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
'Have you invented a plan for keeping the hair from being blown off?' Alice enquired.
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It is indeed disreputable for those who are equal, or nearly so, to the enemy, to endeavour to take refuge within their walls--but since it very often happens, that those who make the attack are too powerful for the bravery and courage of those few who oppose them to resist, if you would not suffer the calamities of war and the insolence of the enemy, it must be thought the part of a good soldier to seek for safety under the shelter and protection of walls more especially since so many missile weapons and machines have been most ingeniously invented to besiege cities with.
For although they were not good at inventing anything, they were very good at taking what others had invented and making it better.
Not very long ago some one invented the assertion that there were only "Four Hundred" people in New York City who were really worth noticing.
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If then these Selenites have existed their hundreds of thousands of years, and if their brain is of the same organization of the human brain, they have already invented all that we have invented, and even what we may invent in future ages.
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This would not have been possible had not some clever man invented the "wireless" and an equally clever child suggested the idea of reaching the mysterious Land of Oz by its means.
"It was called the Powder of Life," was the answer; "and it was invented by a crooked Sorcerer who lived in the mountains of the North Country.