part of speech: verb

inflections: invents, inventing, invented

definition 1: to think of, come up with, or create something new.

  • The man who invented the steam engine must have been very intelligent.

synonyms: contrive, devise

definition 2: to think up or make up.

  • She invented an excuse for not washing the dishes.

synonyms: concoct, cook up

Word History

Invent is from a Latin word that means “to come upon” or “find.”

Word Builder: invent +

inventor: a person who has invented something.