Definitions for patentˈpæt nt; for 10,12-15 ˈpeɪt-; esp. Brit. ˈpeɪt-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pat•entˈpæt nt; for 10,12-15 ˈpeɪt-; esp. Brit. ˈpeɪt-(n.; adj.; v.)-ent•ed, -ent•ing.

  1. (n.)the exclusive right granted to an inventor to manufacture or sell an invention for a specified number of years.

    Category: Law

  2. an invention or process protected by this right.

    Category: Law

  3. Category: Law

    Ref: letters patent.

  4. the instrument by which the U.S. government grants title to public land.

    Category: Government

  5. Category: Clothing

    Ref: patent leather.

  6. (adj.)protected by a patent.

    Category: Law

  7. dealing with patents:

    patent law.

    Category: Law

  8. readily open to notice; evident; obvious.

  9. made of patent leather.

    Category: Clothing

  10. Chiefly Bot. expanded or spreading.

    Category: Botany

  11. open; unobstructed, as a bodily passage.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Phonetics

  12. (v.t.)to obtain a patent on.

    Category: Law

  13. to grant (public land) by a patent.

    Category: Government

Origin of patent:

1250–1300; (adj.) ME < L patent- (s. of patēns), prp. of patēre to stand wide open; (n.) ME, short for letters patent, trans. of ML litterae patentēs open letters


Princeton's WordNet

  1. patent, patent of invention(noun)

    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

  2. patent, letters patent(adj)

    an official document granting a right or privilege

  3. patent(adj)

    (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

    "patent ductus arteriosus"

  4. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable(verb)

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"

  5. patent(verb)

    obtain a patent for

    "Should I patent this invention?"

  6. patent(verb)

    grant rights to; grant a patent for

  7. patent(verb)

    make open to sight or notice

    "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patent(adj)

    open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous

  2. Patent(adj)

    open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter

  3. Patent(adj)

    appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a patent right; patent medicines

  4. Patent(adj)

    spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf

  5. Patent(adj)

    a letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party

  6. Patent(adj)

    a writing securing to an invention

  7. Patent(adj)

    a document making a grant and conveyance of public lands

  8. Patent(adj)

    the right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent

  9. Patent(verb)

    to grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to secure or protect by patent; as, to patent an invention; to patent public lands


  1. Patent

    A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem, and may be a product or a process. Patents are a form of intellectual property. The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission. Under the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, patents should be available in WTO member states for any invention, in all fields of technology, and the term of protection available should be a minimum of twenty years. Nevertheless, there are variations on what is patentable subject matter from country to country.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'patent' in Nouns Frequency: #2505

Anagrams of patent

  1. Patten

Translations for patent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an official licence from the government giving one person or business the right to make and sell a particular article and to prevent others from doing the same

She took out a patent on her design; (also adjective) a patent process.

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