What does invent mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge(verb)

    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

    "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

  2. fabricate, manufacture, cook up, make up, invent(verb)

    make up something artificial or untrue


  1. invent(Verb)

    To design a new process or mechanism.

    After weeks of hard work, I invented a new way to alphabetize matchbooks.

  2. invent(Verb)

    To create something fictional for a particular purpose.

  3. invent(Verb)

    To come upon; to find; to find out; to discover.

  4. Origin: From inventen, from inventer, from inventus, perfect passive participle of invenio, from in + venio; see venture. Compare advent, covent, event, prevent, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invent(verb)

    to come or light upon; to meet; to find

  2. Invent(verb)

    to discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; -- applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable mode, instrument, or machine

  3. Invent(verb)

    to frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Invent

    in-vent′, v.t. to devise or contrive: to make: to frame: to fabricate: to forge.—adj. Inven′tible.—n. Inven′tion, that which is invented: contrivance: a deceit: power or faculty of inventing: ability displayed by any invention or effort of the imagination.—adj. Inven′tive, able to invent: ready in contrivance.—adv. Inven′tively.—ns. Inven′tiveness; Inven′tor, Inven′ter, one who invents or finds out something new:—fem. Inven′tress.—Invention of the Cross, a festival observed on May 3, in commemoration of the alleged discovery of the true cross at Jerusalem in 326 by Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. [Fr.,—L. invenīre, inventumin, upon, venīre, to come.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'invent' in Verbs Frequency: #752

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of invent in a Sentence

  1. Ahmed Mohamed:

    My hobby is to invent stuff.

  2. Larry Ottaway:

    Janssen did not invent this disease.

  3. Brady Brim-DeForest:

    If you don't have answers, invent them.

  4. Alan Kay:

    The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

  5. Kahlil Gibran:

    Man merely discovers' he never can and never will invent.

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