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Pronunciation: /ɛ̃vɑ̃te/

Translation of inventer in English:

verbe transitif

also: s'inventer verbe pronominal

  • 1 (pour soi) il s'est inventé une enfance malheureuse
    he's invented an unhappy childhood for himself
    elle s'invente toujours de bonnes raisons/des excuses
    she can always find a good reason/an excuse
  • 2ça ne s'invente pas
    that has to be true


il n'a pas inventé la poudre [familier] or l'eau tiède [familier] or le fil à couper le beurre [familier]

he is not very bright

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