invent

[in-vent]
verb (used with object)
  1. to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.
  2. to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story.
  3. to make up or fabricate (something fictitious or false): to invent excuses.
  4. Archaic. to come upon; find.

Origin of invent

1425–75; late Middle English invented (past participle) found, discovered (see -ed2) < Latin inventus, 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

Synonyms for invent

1. devise, contrive. See discover. 2. imagine, conceive. 3. concoct.
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Examples from the Web for uninvented

Historical Examples of uninvented

  • It was a day when kerosene was unknown, and tallow dips were uninvented.

  • The modern idolatry of genius was as yet uninvented; he was a citizen first, a poet and an unhappy man afterwards.

    Milton

    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh


British Dictionary definitions for uninvented

invent

verb
  1. to create or devise (new ideas, machines, etc)
  2. to make up (falsehoods); fabricate
Derived Formsinventible or inventable, adjective

Word Origin for invent

C15: from Latin invenīre to find, come upon, from in- ² + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for uninvented

invent

v.

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.

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