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noun invention pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvenʃ(ə)n/
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singularinvention
pluralinventions
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  1. 1
    [countable] a machine, tool, or system that someone has made, designed, or thought of for the first time
    Inventions like the electric light bulb changed the way people lived.
    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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