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noun     invention pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a machine, tool, or system that someone has made, designed, or thought of for the first time
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the act of inventing something
      invention of:

      Global communication was transformed by the invention of the Internet.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a story, excuse etc that is not true

    All that gossip he told me about Melanie was pure invention.

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  3. 3
    [uncountable] the ability to think of new and original ways of doing things

    By comparison, British artists seemed to lack imagination and invention.



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