American English

Definition of patent noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[countable, uncountable]
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  • an official right to be the only person to make, use, or sell a product or an invention; a document that proves this to apply for/obtain a patent on an invention The device was protected by patent.
  • Idioms
    patent pending
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    used to show that an application for a patent has been made for a particular product or invention, but has not yet been approved
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patent