invent */*/


invent */*/
UK [ɪnˈvent] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "invent":
present tense I/you/we/they invent he/she/it invents present participle inventing past tense invented past participle invented
Collocations:
If you are the first person to make a new type of machine, or design a new system, you invent it: Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus. Who invented the television? If you are the first person to find, see, or understand something, you discover it: Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity. Scientists have discovered a new planet. You cannot invent something if it already exists.
1)
a) to design or create something such as a machine or process that did not exist before

Alfred Nobel invented dynamite.

It's one of the most time-saving devices ever invented for cooks.

b) to develop a new theory, style, or method that did not exist before

Chaplin invented his own unique style of comedy.

2) to make up a story, excuse etc that is not true

The gossip columnists simply invented the stories about him.

She would invent any excuse to avoid seeing people.


English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Invent — In*vent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inventing}.] [L. inventus, p. p. of invenire to come upon, to find, invent; pref. in in + venire to come, akin to E. come: cf. F. inventer. See {Come}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come or light …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invent — 1 *contrive, devise, frame, concoct Analogous words: initiate, inaugurate (see BEGIN): institute, *found, establish 2 Invent, create, discover are comparable terms frequently confused in the sense of to bring into being something new. Invent (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • invent — in‧vent [ɪnˈvent] verb [transitive] 1. to make, design or produce something new or a new way of doing something: • Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven. • Mr. Monaghan virtually invented the modern pizza delivery business when he founded… …   Financial and business terms

  • invent — in·vent vt: to create or produce for the first time in·ven·tor n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. invent …   Law dictionary

  • invent — [v1] create, think up ad lib, author, bear, bring into being, coin, come upon, come up with, compose, conceive, contrive, cook up*, design, devise, discover, dream up, envision, execute, fake, fashion, find, forge, form, formulate, frame, hatch,… …   New thesaurus

  • invent — [in vent′] vt. [ME inventen < L inventus, pp. of invenire, to come upon, meet with, discover < in , in, on + venire, to COME] 1. to think up; devise or fabricate in the mind [to invent excuses] 2. to think out or produce (a new device,… …   English World dictionary

  • invent — (v.) late 15c., find, discover, a back formation from invention or else from L. inventus, pp. of invenire “to come upon; devise, discover” (see INVENTION (Cf. invention)). Meaning make up, think up is from 1530s, as is that of produce by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • invent — ► VERB 1) create or design (a new device, process, etc.). 2) make up (a false story, name, etc.). DERIVATIVES inventor noun. ORIGIN Latin invenire contrive, discover …   English terms dictionary

  • invent — inventible, inventable, adj. /in vent /, v.t. 1. to originate or create as a product of one s own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph. 2. to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story. 3. to make up… …   Universalium

  • invent — [[t]ɪnve̱nt[/t]] invents, inventing, invented 1) VERB If you invent something such as a machine or process, you are the first person to think of it or make it. [V n] He invented the first electric clock... [V n] Writing had not been invented as… …   English dictionary