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.

1425–75; late Middle English invented (past participle) found, discovered (see -ed2) < Latin inventus, 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)
self-invented, adjective
uninvented, adjective
well-invented, adjective

1. devise, contrive. See discover. 2. imagine, conceive. 3. concoct. Unabridged
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invent (ɪnˈvɛnt)
1.  to create or devise (new ideas, machines, etc)
2.  to make up (falsehoods); fabricate
[C15: from Latin invenīre to find, come upon, from in-² + venīre to come]

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Example sentences
As he became part of this world of pink and white, so full of tradition, he
  invented new techniques for drawing and painting it.
He invented the basic methods of artificially binding nitrogen through the use
  of hydrocarbons.
We are apt to feel insulted that the patient has wasted our time with invented
Generally, the weaker a writer's rational basis, the more he appealed to
  history-and invented it.
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