Definitions for: Invent


[v] come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
[v] make up something artificial or untrue



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
Scott.

Syn: To discover; contrive; devise; frame; design; fabricate;
concoct; elaborate. See Discover.

Synonyms: contrive, cook up, devise, excogitate, fabricate, forge, formulate, make up, manufacture

See Also: concoct, confabulate, create by mental act, create mentally, dream up, hatch, mythologise, mythologize, spin, think of, think up, trump up, vamp, vamp up

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