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patent

Translation of patent in Spanish:

noun

American English: /ˈpætnt/
British English: /ˈpat(ə)nt/
, /ˈpeɪt(ə)nt/

transitive verb

American English: /ˈpætnt/
British English: /ˈpat(ə)nt/
, /ˈpeɪt(ə)nt/
  • a patented design
    un diseño patentado
    Example sentences
    • Ben has patented his invention and a Sheffield company has already shown interest in developing the device.
    • The doctors have patented their invention and say it could soon be available to all air passengers.
    • There can be tax advantages in patenting a product - income from a patent, can, in some cases, be tax-free.

adjective

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    American English: /ˈpeɪtnt/
    , /ˈpætnt/
    British English: /ˈpat(ə)nt/
    , /ˈpeɪt(ə)nt/
    (obvious) [formal]
    Example sentences
    • What seems to plague both of these films and so many like them is their patent insincerity.
    • What is a patent truism to one side is an obvious falsehood to the other.
    • The continued blind oversight of human rights abuses in conjunction with the blatant abuse of democracy is patent, and is incomprehensible.

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