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Definition of invention noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    invention

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvenʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvenʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1  [countable] a thing or an idea that has been invented Fax machines were a wonderful invention at the time.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the act of inventing something Such changes have not been seen since the invention of the printing press.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] the act of inventing a story or an idea and pretending that it is true; a story invented in this way This story is apparently a complete invention. What would he tell his parents? Some invention and quick thinking—that’s what was needed.
  4. 4[uncountable] the ability to have new and interesting ideas John was full of invention—always making up new dance steps and sequences.
  5. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘finding out, discovery’): from Latin inventio(n-), from invenire ‘discover’, from in- ‘into’ + venire ‘come’.Extra examples He failed to patent his invention and never made a penny from it. His powers of invention are somewhat limited. Most of what he says is pure invention! The two friends started a company to market their invention. The story is apparently a complete invention. This combination of cheese and apples is not an invention of the north of England. What would he tell his parents? Some invention and quick thinking—that’s what was needed.Idioms
    necessity is the mother of invention
     
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    (saying) a difficult new problem forces people to think of a solution to it
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