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English Dictionary: invent by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    Synonym(s): invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge
  2. make up something artificial or untrue
    Synonym(s): fabricate, manufacture, cook up, make up, invent
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Invent \In*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invented}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Inventing}.] [L. inventus, p. p. of invenire to come
      upon, to find, invent; pref. in- in + venire to come, akin to
      E. come: cf. F. inventer. See {Come}.]
      1. To come or light upon; to meet; to find. [Obs.]
                     And vowed never to return again, Till him alive or
                     dead she did invent.                           --Spenser.
      2. To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to
            devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; --
            applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable
            mode, instrument, or machine.
                     Thus first Necessity invented stools. --Cowper.
      3. To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to
            forge; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the
            machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood.
                     Whate'er his cruel malice could invent. --Milton.
                     He had invented some circumstances, and put the
                     worst possible construction on others. --Sir W.
      Syn: To discover; contrive; devise; frame; design; fabricate;
               concoct; elaborate. See {Discover}.
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