from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination.
- transitive v. To make up; fabricate: invent a likely excuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To design a new process or mechanism.
- v. To create something fictional for a particular purpose.
- v. To come upon; to find; to find out; to discover.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To come or light upon; to meet; to find.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; -- in a good or a bad sense
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come upon; light upon; meet with; find.
- To find out by original study or contrivance; create by a new use or combination of means; devise the form, construction, composition, method, or principle of.
- In general, to produce by contrivance; fabricate; concoet; devise: as, to invent the plot of a story; to invent an excuse or a falsehood.
- Synonyms 2 and 3. Discover, Invent. See discover and invention.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
- v. make up something artificial or untrue
Latin invenīre, invent-, to find : in-, on, upon; see in-2 + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English inventen, from Old French inventer, from Latin inventus, perfect passive participle of inveniō ("come upon, meet with, find, discover"), from in ("in, on") + veniō ("come"); see venture. Compare advent, covent, event, prevent, etc. (Wiktionary)