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"invention" in British English

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inventionnoun [C or U]

uk   /ɪnˈven.ʃən/ us   /ɪnˈven.ʃən/
B1 something that has never been made before, or the process of creating something that has never been made before: The world changed rapidly after the invention of the phone. a most amazing invention

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

"invention" in American English

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inventionnoun [C/U]

us   /ɪnˈven·ʃən/
something newly designed or created, or the activity of designing or creating new things: [C] The mountain bike was a California invention. [U] The invention of the pressure cooker provided a method for cooking quickly. [C] His story of being kidnapped and held prisoner was an invention (= something represented as being true which is not true).
(Definition of invention from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"invention" in Business English

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inventionnoun

uk   /ɪnˈvenʃən/ us  
[C] a product or a way of doing something which has never been made or never existed before: Turning an invention from an idea into a money-making product is a long job. a new inventions
[U] the process of creating something that has never been made or never existed before: the invention of sth The company claims that this is the most important development since the invention of the printing press.
(Definition of invention from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “invention”
in Arabic مُختَرَع, مُختَرِع…
in Korean 발명품, 발명…
in Portuguese invenção, invento…
in Catalan invent, invenció…
in Japanese 発明品, 発明…
in Chinese (Simplified) 创造, 发明,创造…
in Turkish icat, buluş…
in Russian изобретение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 創造, 發明,創造…
in Italian invenzione…
in Polish wynalazek, wynalezienie…
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“invention” in British English

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