verb (used with object)
to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.
to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story.
to make up or fabricate (something fictitious or false): to invent excuses.
Archaic. to come upon; find.
Origin: 1425–75; late Middle English invented Related forms
(past participle) found, discovered (see -ed2
) < Latin inventus,
past participle of invenīre
to encounter, come upon, find, equivalent to in- in-2
) to come
past participle suffix
inventible, inventable, adjective
outinvent, verb (used with object)
preinvent, verb (used with object)
devise, contrive. See discover
imagine, conceive. 3.