patent - definition and synonyms

 
noun [countable] 

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/ˈpeɪt(ə)nt/

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/ˈpæt(ə)nt/
singularpatent
pluralpatents
  1. an official document that gives someone who has invented something the legal right to make or sell that invention for a particular period of time, and prevents anyone else from doing so

    In 1878, Edison received a patent for his phonograph.