Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of invenire 'to come upon, find', from venire 'to come'


in‧vent [transitive]
1 to make, design, or think of a new type of thing:
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876.
! Do not confuse invent and discover. To discover something means to be the first person to find it or to know that it exists: Scientists have discovered a new type of bacteria.
2 to think of an idea, story etc that is not true, usually in order to deceive people:
They invented a very convincing alibi.

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