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English definition of “patent”

patent

verb [T]     /ˈpeɪ.tənt/ US  /ˈpæt.ənt/
to get the official legal right to make or sell an invention : If you don't patent your invention , other people may make all the profit out of it.Court cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of patent verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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