patent

[ pat-nt or for 10, 12–15, peyt-; especially British peyt-nt ]
/ ˈpæt nt or for 10, 12–15, ˈpeɪt-; especially British ˈpeɪt nt /

noun

adjective pa·tent [peyt-nt] /ˈpeɪt nt/ (for 10, 12–15)

verb (used with object)

Origin of patent

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Latin patent- (stem of patēns) open, orig. present participle of patēre to stand wide open; (noun) Middle English, short for letters patent, translation of Medieval Latin litterae patentēs open letters

Related forms

Synonym study

10. See apparent.
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British Dictionary definitions for patently (1 of 2)

patently

/ (ˈpeɪtəntlɪ) /

adverb

obviouslyhe was patently bored

British Dictionary definitions for patently (2 of 2)

patent

/ (ˈpætənt, ˈpeɪtənt) /

noun


adjective

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

patentable, adjectivepatentability, noun

Word Origin for patent

C14: via Old French from Latin patēre to lie open; n use, short for letters patent, from Medieval Latin litterae patentes letters lying open (to public inspection)

usage

The pronunciation (ˈpætənt) is heard in letters patent and Patent Office and is the usual US pronunciation for all senses. In Britain (ˈpætənt) is sometimes heard for senses 1, 2 and 3, but (ˈpeɪtənt) is commoner and is regularly used in collocations like patent leather
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Medicine definitions for patently

patent

[ pătnt ]

n.

A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.
An invention protected by such a grant.

adj.

v.

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