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[in-ven-ter] /ɪnˈvɛn tər/
a person who invents, especially one who devises some new process, appliance, machine, or article; one who makes inventions.
Origin of inventor
1500-10; < Latin; see invent, -tor Unabridged
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  • The famous inventor envisioned a future of inexpensive, prefabricated concrete homes.
  • The invention is of use to the inventor, of questionable help to any other.
  • After presiding over years of technological innovations, the inventor himself still prefers the simplicity of a slide rule.
  • If the piracy act protects greed, without taking into account society's contributions to the inventor, it is a bad law.
  • But the inventor hopes to develop the device, and that the immediate feedback will convince people to change their transportation.
  • The bad news however is that they forgot to mention the originator and inventor of the beautiful theory.
  • Hunt is a physicist, engineer, and inventor who has launched several companies.
  • If money isn't everything to the independent inventor, he is likely to be cheap.
  • It is not a question of technology but of inventor's motivation.
  • He has gold hair, likes to smoke cigarettes, and is a brilliant inventor and defender of individualism.
British Dictionary definitions for inventor


a person who invents, esp as a profession
Derived Forms
inventress, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for inventor

c.1500, "a discoverer," from Latin inventor (fem. inventrix) "contriver, author, discoverer," agent noun from past participle stem of invenire (see invention). Meaning "one who contrives or produces a new thing or process" is from 1550s.

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