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[in-vent] /ɪnˈvɛnt/
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.
late Middle English
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for invented
  • 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 tales.
  • Generally, the weaker a writer's rational basis, the more he appealed to history-and invented it.
  • They also invented writing, and then filled millions of tablets with their intricate, detailed characters.
  • Some people contend that beer may have been the staple of mankind's diet even before bread was invented.
  • Native peoples invented precursors to all these and made huge strides in medicine and agriculture.
  • The land that invented commercial bungee jumping is a thrill-seeker's paradise.
  • Many of the techniques used to create the unique ship were invented on the fly.
  • She has invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in biotechnology.
British Dictionary definitions for invented


to create or devise (new ideas, machines, etc)
to make up (falsehoods); fabricate
Derived Forms
inventible, inventable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin invenīre to find, come upon, from in-² + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for invented



late 15c., "find, discover," a back-formation from invention or else from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire "to come upon; devise, discover" (see invention). Meaning "make up, think up" is from 1530s, as is that of "produce by original thought." Related: Invented; inventing.

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