Meaning of “invention” in the English Dictionary

"invention" in British English

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inventionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˈven.ʃən/ us /ɪnˈven.ʃən/

invention noun [ C or U ] (NEW DESIGN)

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)