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English definition of “invent”

invent

verb [T] (NOT TRUE)    /ɪnˈvent/
B2 to create a reason, excuse, story, etc. that is not true, usually to deceive someone: But I didn't invent the story - everything I told you is true.Lies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
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