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invent

in·vent

invent

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn vent
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: invented, inventing, invents
definition 1: to think of, contrive, or create (something new).
the man who invented the steam engine
synonyms:
contrive, design, devise, formulate, mint
similar words:
ad-lib, coin, conceive, concoct, create, dream up, fabricate, fashion, hit upon, improvise, make, originate
definition 2: to think up or fabricate (something false or fictitious).
She invented a plausible alibi.
synonyms:
concoct, cook up, fabricate, trump up
similar words:
contrive, devise, fable, hatch, hit on, manufacture
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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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