What does invent mean?

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ɪnˈvɛntin·vent

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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

Wiktionary

  1. invent(Verb)

    To design a new process or mechanism.

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

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

  2. invent(Verb)

    To create something fictional for a particular purpose.

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

  3. invent(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.]

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

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Numerology

  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. William Blake:

    A truth that's told with bad intent, Beats all the lies you can invent.

  2. Saki:

    He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it.

  3. Warren Bennis:

    People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.

  4. Zimbabwean Price:

    So Ryder Cup tells me something must be working, why would you try and invent the wheel and come up with a different format for Ryder Cup ? It would almost be like saying,' Why don't we have eight-round golf tournaments instead of four-round golf tournaments, let's try that ?' .

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.

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