to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.
to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story.
to make up or fabricate (something fictitious or false): to invent excuses.
Archaic. to come upon; find.
Origin of invent
1425–75;late Middle Englishinvented (past participle) found, discovered (see -ed2) < Latininventus, past participle of invenīre to encounter, come upon, find, equivalent to in-in-2 + ven(īre) to come + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsin·vent·i·ble, in·vent·a·ble, adjectiveout·in·vent, verb (used with object)pre·in·vent, verb (used with object)self-in·vent·ed, adjectiveun·in·vent·ed, adjectivewell-in·vent·ed, adjective
late 15c., "find, discover," a back-formation from invention or else from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire "to come upon; devise, discover" (see invention). Meaning "make up, think up" is from 1530s, as is that of "produce by original thought." Related: Invented; inventing.