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invention

noun [C or U] uk   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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invention noun [C or U] (NOT TRUE)

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.
Translations of “invention”
in Korean 발명품, 발명…
in Arabic مُختَرَع, مُختَرِع…
in Portuguese invenção, invento…
in Catalan invent, invenció…
in Japanese 発明品, 発明…
in Italian invenzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 創造, 發明,創造…
in Russian изобретение…
in Turkish icat, buluş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 创造, 发明,创造…
in Polish wynalazek, wynalezienie…
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