Invent

Definition of Invent

In`vent´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Invented; p. pr. & vb. n. Inventing.]
1.To come or light upon; to meet; to find.
And vowed never to return again,
Till him alive or dead she did invent.
- Spenser.
2.To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; - applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable mode, instrument, or machine.
Thus first Necessity invented stools.
- Cowper.
3.To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; - in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood.
Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.
- Milton.
He had invented some circumstances, and put the worst possible construction on others.
- Sir W. Scott.

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