Invent Definition

invented, inventing, invents
invented, inventing, invents
To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination.
American Heritage
To think up; devise or fabricate in the mind.
To invent excuses.
Webster's New World
To think out or produce (a new device, process, etc.); originate, as by experiment; devise for the first time.
Webster's New World
To find; discover.
Webster's New World
  • tell truth
  • steal

Origin of Invent

  • From Middle English inventen, from Old French inventer, from Latin inventus, perfect passive participle of inveniō (“come upon, meet with, find, discover”), from in (“in, on”) + veniō (“come”); see venture. Compare advent, covent, event, prevent, etc.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin invenīre invent- to find in- on, upon in–2 venīre to come gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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