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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
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