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verb [transitive] invent pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvent/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinventing
past tenseinvented
past participleinvented
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  1. 1
    to design or create something such as a machine or process that did not exist before

    Alfred Nobel invented dynamite.

    It’s one of the most time-saving devices ever invented for cooks.

  2. 2
    to make up a story, excuse etc that is not true

    She would invent any excuse to avoid seeing people.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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