Definition of Invent

1. Verb. Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort. "Did he invent his major works over a short period of time?"; "Excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"




2. Verb. Make up something artificial or untrue.

Definition of Invent

1. v. t. To come or light upon; to meet; to find.

Definition of Invent

1. Verb. To design a new process or mechanism. ¹

2. Verb. To create something fictional for a particular purpose. ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete) To come upon; to find; to find out; to discover. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Invent

1. to devise originally [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Invent

1. 1. To come or light upon; to meet; to find. "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) Synonym: To discover, contrive, devise, frame, design, fabricate, concoct, elaborate. See Discover. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Invent

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1. Catholicon Anglicum: An English-Latin Wordbook, Dated 1483 by Sidney John Hervon Herrtage (1882)
"In the invent, of Bertram Anderson of Newcastle, Merchant & Alderman, taken in 1570, ... Wills & invent, ii. 339. By the Statute 15 Henry VI, c. vii. ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"discover, invent The original meaning of invent in English is “to come upon, find, discover,” a meaning quite close to the meaning ofthe Latin word from ..."

3. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"He tried to repeat some verses to himself, to enter on a calculation, no matter of what sort, to invent some kind of story. Impossible! ..."

4. The Story of Notation by Charles Francis Abdy Williams (1903)
"... have invented it—Other attempts to invent a letter notation—The rise of organum—Early efforts to invent a pictorial notation—Influence of Greek learning ..."

5. The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1921)
"HIEROGLYPHICS THE EGYPTIANS invent THE ART OF WRITING AND THE RECORD OF HISTORY BEGINS THESE earliest ancestors of ours who lived in the great European ..."

6. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... invent a third of this peculiar type for his versification. In fact it is questionable whether any metrical necessity could excuse such a proceeding. ..."

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