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invention

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪnˈven.ʃən/ us  

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

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.
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