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invent

in·vent

invent

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn vent
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part of speech: verb
inflections: invented, inventing, invents
definition 1: to think of, come up with, or create something new.
The man who invented the steam engine must have been very intelligent.
synonyms:
contrive, devise
similar words:
ad-lib, coin, conceive, concoct, create, dream up, fashion, hit upon, improvise, make, originate
definition 2: to think up or make up.
She invented an excuse for not washing the dishes.
synonyms:
concoct, cook up
similar words:
contrive, devise, hatch, hit on, manufacture
Word History
Invent is from a Latin word that means "to come upon" or "find."
Word Builder: invent +
  • inventor:
    a person who has invented something.
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Word Parts
The word invent contains the following part:
veni, vent, ven, -vene Latin root that means to come