1425-75;late Middle Englishinvented (past participle) found, discovered (see -ed2) < Latininventus, past participle of invenīre to encounter, come upon, find, equivalent to in-in-2 + ven(īre) to come + -tus past participle suffix
inventible, inventable, adjective
outinvent, verb (used with object)
preinvent, verb (used with object)
1. devise, contrive. See discover. 2. imagine, conceive. 3. concoct.