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invent

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛnt
 
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Definition of invent in English:

verb

[with object]
1Create or design (something that has not existed before); be the originator of: he invented an improved form of the steam engine
More example sentences
  • Above all, I admire the fact that when an exact word doesn't exist, he calmly invents one.
  • He was born Jay Gatz but repudiated his origins and background while inventing a grand new persona.
  • Do we really need to create artificial scarcity by inventing awards that only some kids can receive?
Synonyms
conceive, think up, come up with, hit on, mastermind, pioneer;
discover, find;
informal dream up
1.1Make up (an idea, name, story, etc.), especially so as to deceive someone: I did not have to invent any tales about my past
More example sentences
  • When coming across names one has never heard of, one invents stories about Markson's following behind the epitaphic perspective.
  • Pari, in turn, would invent long stories and narrate them to her friend.
  • Last year, police said So confessed during interrogation to inventing her story because she wanted to write a novel.
Synonyms

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'find out, discover'): from Latin invent- 'contrived, discovered', from the verb invenire, from in- 'into' + venire 'come'.

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