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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.
    1. a.
      to develop a new theory, style, or method that did not exist before
      Chaplin invented his own unique style of comedy.
  2. 2
    to make up a story, excuse etc that is not true
    The gossip columnists simply invented the stories about him.
    She would invent any excuse to avoid seeing people.


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