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

 

patent

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patent
BrE BrE//ˈpætnt//
 
, also BrE//ˈpeɪtnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætnt//
 
he / she / it patents
BrE BrE//ˈpætnts//
 
, BrE//ˈpeɪtnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætnts//
 
past simple patented
BrE BrE//ˈpætntɪd//
 
, BrE//ˈpeɪtntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætntɪd//
 
past participle patented
BrE BrE//ˈpætntɪd//
 
, BrE//ˈpeɪtntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætntɪd//
 
-ing form patenting
BrE BrE//ˈpætntɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˈpeɪtntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætntɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈpætnt//
 
, also BrE//ˈpeɪtnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætnt//
 
patent something to obtain a patent for an invention or a process
Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patent- ‘lying open’, from the verb patere. The noun sense is from letters patent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patent