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Definition of invent verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invent
    he / she / it invents
    past simple invented
    -ing form inventing
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  1. 1invent 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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