- 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
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Examples from the Web for invent
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
As a Harvard undergraduate, he used systolic blood pressure readings to invent the lie detector test.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Did McCarthy invent the portrayal of violence in fiction, or should that laurel go to Homer?Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons
October 21, 2014
By using an alter ego, he liberates himself, relaxes himself so he can invent freely.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
Not surprisingly, the losers were now winning engineers; one of the MIT graduates had gone on to invent ear buds for Apple.These Undocumented Teens Outsmarted MIT—and Still Cant Get Real Jobs in America
July 14, 2014
I should be b-a-d, and I should sit up nights to invent new ways of evil.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I will move detachments and advance brigades, and invent strategy.In the Midst of Alarms
What could she invent, so to be before him in giving her charity?The Dream
"That's as good a description of him as you could invent," he said.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
A telegraph operator, in their eyes, has no business to invent.Heroes of the Telegraph
- to create or devise (new ideas, machines, etc)
- to make up (falsehoods); fabricate
Word Origin and History for invent
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.