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We got to see the people who invented the form. Times, Sunday Times (2016)As soon as adults realise their meaning, they will probably invent new ones. The Sun (2017)GOLF was surely invented for people with much more patience than I have. The Sun (2016)Instead he invented a story that the police had taken his car keys. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We cannot compete in simplicity with people who are inventing religions. Christianity Today (2000)Why do things invented to make life easy so often make it harder? Times, Sunday Times (2014)The revolution is as much about recycling existing machines as inventing new ones. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You could invent a plausible excuse for leaving early. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The theory goes that it imprinted them with the idea of inventing the new man. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He claims a former lover invented the story and has appealed. The Sun (2013)Other people getting rich means other people working to invent things for you. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Then go home and let them invent something and make it work. Times, Sunday Times (2009)And they claim they could invent a machine to see into our thoughts within ten years. The Sun (2009)Or we could invent entirely new senses. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Or the way that many people invent glamorous exes to boost their own cachet. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The reasons they invent businesses and make sacrifices are much more varied and complex. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But you can defend people without gleefully inventing whole new insults. Times, Sunday Times (2014)More is invented if people are given the freedom to think and work for themselves. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Sport was not invented to make money. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Life throws up enough nasty surprises without people inventing imaginary problems for themselves. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He has invented a time machine. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The first exercise is to invent a story between the two of them that purports to be based on a common memory. Fools Rush In - A Call to Christian Clowning (1993)I would have to invent a credible story to avoid suspicion. No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale (2007)I kept trying to invent excuses for him to take his glasses off in close-ups. Times, Sunday Times (2010)A university student has invented a machine that washes, dries and irons clothes all at once. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She invented excuses, dragged her feet, but went nonetheless. Positive Parent Power (1991)In fact, danger to the pilots was merely a ridiculous excuse invented by the Ministry to try to explain the cancellation. Plane Speaking - a personal view of aviation history (1991)
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British English: invent /ɪnˈvɛnt/ VERB
If you invent something, you are the first person to think of it or make it.
He invented the first electric clock.
- American English: invent
- Arabic: يَخْتَرِعُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: inventar
- Chinese: 发明
- Croatian: izumiti
- Czech: vynalézt
- Danish: opfinde
- Dutch: uitvinden bedenken
- European Spanish: inventar
- Finnish: keksiä
- French: inventer
- German: erfinden
- Greek: εφευρίσκω
- Italian: inventare
- Japanese: 発明する
- Korean: 발명하다
- Norwegian: finne opp
- Polish: wynaleźć
- European Portuguese: inventar
- Romanian: a inventa
- Russian: изобретать
- Spanish: inventar
- Swedish: uppfinna
- Thai: ประดิษฐ์
- Turkish: icat etmek
- Ukrainian: винаходити
- Vietnamese: phát minh
Definition of invent from the Collins English Dictionary
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