Meaning of “invent” in the English Dictionary

"invent" in British English

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inventverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈvent/ us /ɪnˈvent/

invent verb [ T ] (NEW DESIGN)

B1 to design and/or create something that has never been made before:

The first safety razor was invented by company founder King C. Gillette in 1903.

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  • I wish someone would invent an everlasting light bulb.
  • Pneumatic tyres were invented in 1888 by John Dunlop.
  • Gas lamps became obsolete when electric lighting was invented.
  • He has invented a wholly factitious story about his past.
  • She tried to save face by inventing a story about being overseas at the time.

(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 movable type 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 /ɪnˈvent/ us

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.

(Definition of “invent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)