Share this entry


Translation of patent in Spanish:


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.


  • 1
    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.

Definition of patent in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day sarcasmo
    sarcasm …
    Cultural fact of the day


    Mezcal is an alcoholic drink similar to tequila obtained in Mexico by distilling the juice or aguamiel extracted from roasted tips of the maguey plant. Bottles of mezcal are usually sold containing a gusano, the larva of an insect that lives on the maguey. This is said to enhance the flavor.