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English verb: invent

1. invent (creation) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort


SamplesExcogitate a way to measure the speed of light.


ExamplesDid he invent his major works over a short period of time?


Synonymscontrive, devise, excogitate, forge, formulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

2. invent (creation) make up something artificial or untrue


Synonymscook up, fabricate, make up, manufacture


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)concoct, dream up, hatch, think of, think up


Narrower (hyponym)concoct, confabulate, mythologise, mythologize, spin, trump up, vamp, vamp up









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