- 1 invent something to produce or design something that has not existed before Who invented the steam engine? I wish cell phones had never been invented!
- 2invent something to say or describe something that is not true, especially in order to trick people What excuse did he invent this time? Many children invent an imaginary friend.
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NAmE//ɪnˈvɛnt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invent
he / she / it invents
past simple invented
-ing form inventing