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"invention" in British English

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inventionnoun [C or U]

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

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a ​story or ​excuse that is not ​true, or the ​act of ​creating a ​story or ​excuse that is not ​true: All that ​gossip about Linda was just ​pure invention. Be ​careful what you ​believe - her powers of invention (= ​ability to ​think of ​excuses, etc.) are well ​known.
(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 ​newlydesigned or ​created, or the ​activity of ​designing or ​creating new things: [C] The ​mountainbike was a California invention. [U] The invention of the ​pressurecookerprovided a ​method for ​cookingquickly. [C] His ​story of being ​kidnapped and ​heldprisoner 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   us   /ɪnˈvenʃən/
[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 ​longjob. a new inventions
[U] the ​process of ​creating something that has never been made or never existed before: the invention of sth The ​companyclaims that this is the most important ​development since the invention of the ​printingpress.
(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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