|Origin:||, past participle of invenire 'to come upon, find', from venire 'to come'|
to make, design, or think of a new type of thing: ! 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.
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876.
to think of an idea, story etc that is not true, usually in order to deceive people:
They invented a very convincing alibi.