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Meaning of INVENT

Pronunciation:  in'vent

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
  2. [v]  make up something artificial or untrue
 

INVENT is a 6 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: contrive, cook up, devise, excogitate, fabricate, forge, formulate, make up, manufacture
 
 See Also: concoct, confabulate, create by mental act, create mentally, dream up, hatch, mythologise, mythologize, spin, think of, think up, trump up, vamp, vamp up

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invented}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Inventing}.] [L. inventus, p. p. of invenire to come
upon, to find, invent; pref. in- in + venire to come, akin to
E. come: cf. F. inventer. See {Come}.]
1. To come or light upon; to meet; to find. [Obs.]

         And vowed never to return again, Till him alive or
         dead she did invent.                  --Spenser.

2. 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.

         Thus first Necessity invented stools. --Cowper.

3. 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.

         Whate'er his cruel malice could invent. --Milton.

         He had invented some circumstances, and put the
         worst possible construction on others. --Sir W.
                                               Scott.

Syn: To discover; contrive; devise; frame; design; fabricate;
     concoct; elaborate. See {Discover}.

 
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