Definition of invent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    invent

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvent//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invent
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvent//
     
    he / she / it invents
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvents//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvents//
     
    past simple invented
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈventɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈventɪd//
     
    past participle invented
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈventɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈventɪd//
     
    -ing form inventing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈventɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈventɪŋ//
     
    Dishonest
     
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  1. 1  invent something to produce or design something that has not existed before Who invented the steam engine? I wish mobile phones had never been invented!
  2. 2  invent 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. See related entries: Dishonest
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘find out, discover’): from Latin invent- ‘contrived, discovered’, from the verb invenire, from in- ‘into’ + venire ‘come’.Extra examples He practically invented the modern stand-up comedy act. Pepys single-handedly invented the diary as a literary form. the newly invented automatic rifle He considered inventing some pretext for calling her. I did not have to invent any tales about my past. I wish television had never been invented! Louis Braille invented an alphabet to help blind people. The term ‘sociology’ was invented by Auguste Comte.
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