Definition of invent verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    invent

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɪnˈvɛnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invent
     
    he / she / it invents
     
    past simple invented
     
    -ing form inventing
     
     
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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 cell phones had never been invented!
  2. 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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