[ in-ven-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈvɛn ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. inveigh,
  2. inveigle,
  3. invenit,
  4. invent,
  5. invent the wheel,
  6. inventive,
  7. inventively,
  8. inventor,
  9. inventory,
  10. inver grove heights

Origin of invention

1300–50; Middle English invencio(u)n < Latin inventiōn- (stem of inventiō) a finding out, equivalent to invent(us) (see invent) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsin·ven·tion·al, adjectivein·ven·tion·less, adjectivepre·in·ven·tion, nounself-in·ven·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for invention


/ (ɪnˈvɛnʃən) /


Derived Formsinventional, adjectiveinventionless, adjective

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Word Origin and History for invention



c.1400, "devised method of organization," from Old French invencion (13c.) and directly from Latin inventionem (nominative inventio) "faculty of invention; a finding, discovery," noun of action from past participle stem of invenire "devise, discover, find," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + venire "to come" (see venue).

Meaning "finding or discovering of something" is early 15c. in English; sense of "thing invented" is first recorded 1510s. Etymological sense preserved in Invention of the Cross, Church festival (May 3) celebrating the reputed finding of the Cross of the Crucifixion by Helena, mother of Constantine, in 326 C.E.

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