- Invent is defined as to create something for the first time, or to think up.
- An example of invent is to make a brand new device for making a perfect cup of coffee.
- An example of invent is to create a story about why you didn’t do your homework.
What is this man trying to invent?
- to think up; devise or fabricate in the mind: to invent excuses
- to think out or produce (a new device, process, etc.); originate, as by experiment; devise for the first time
- Archaic to find; discover
Origin of inventMiddle English inventen ; from Classical Latin inventus, past participle of invenire, to come upon, meet with, discover ; from in-, in, on + venire, to come
transitive verbin·vent·ed, in·vent·ing, in·vents
- To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination.
- To make up; fabricate: invent a likely excuse.
Origin of inventLatin invenīre, invent-, to find : in-, on, upon; see in–2 + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present invents, present participle inventing, simple past and past participle invented)
- To design a new process or mechanism.
- After weeks of hard work, I invented a new way to alphabetize matchbooks.
- To create something fictional for a particular purpose.
- I knew I had to invent an excuse, and quickly.
- We need a name to put in this form, so let's just invent one.