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"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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  • 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)

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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   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 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)
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