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English definition of “invent”

invent

verb [T]     /ɪnˈvent/
NEW B1 to design or create something that has never existed before: We've invented a new game.Inventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing
DECEIVE B2 to think of a story or explanation in order to deceive someone: She invented an excuse to leave.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of invent verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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