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verb [transitive] invent pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvent/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinvent
he/she/itinvents
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.

 

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