invention definition, meaning - what is invention in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “invention”

See all translations

invention

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ɪnˈven.ʃən/

invention noun [C or U] (NEW DESIGN)

B1 something that has never been made before, or the process of creating something that has never been made before: The world changed rapidly after the invention of the phone. a most amazing invention
More examples

invention noun [C or U] (NOT TRUE)

a story or excuse that is not true, or the act of creating a story or excuse that is not true: All that gossip about Linda was just pure invention. Be careful what you believe - her powers of invention (= ability to think of excuses, etc.) are well known.
Translations of “invention”
in Korean 발명품, 발명…
in Arabic مُختَرَع, مُختَرِع…
in Portuguese invenção, invento…
in Catalan invent, invenció…
in Japanese 発明品, 発明…
in Italian invenzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 創造, 發明,創造…
in Russian изобретение…
in Turkish icat, buluş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 创造, 发明,创造…
in Polish wynalazek, wynalezienie…
(Definition of invention from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of invention?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “invention” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cost/charge the earth

to cost, charge, etc. a lot of money

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More