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"invent" in British English

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inventverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈvent/
  • invent verb [T] (NEW DESIGN)

B1 to ​design and/or ​create something that has never been made before: The first ​safetyrazor was invented by ​companyfounder King C. Gillette in 1903.

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  • invent verb [T] (NOT TRUE)

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.
(Definition of invent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invent" in American English

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inventverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈvent/
to ​design or ​create something that did not ​exist before: Gutenberg invented ​movabletype in the 15th ​century. To invent is also to ​create a ​story or ​explanation which is not ​true: I don’t ​know what I really ​saw and what I’ve invented.
(Definition of invent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"invent" in Business English

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inventverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​stockmarket 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.
(Definition of invent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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