Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “invent”

See all translations

invent

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪnˈvent/
to design or create something which has never been made or has never existed before: One of the surest ways to make money in the stock market is to find a company that invents a new drug. The World Wide Web was invented in 1989.
to create a reason, excuse, etc. which is not true in order to deceive someone: Managers often invent an explanation for their actions.
→  See also not-invented-here syndrome
(Definition of invent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of invent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “invent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More