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English adjective: patent

1. patent (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

SamplesPatent ductus arteriosus.



2. patent clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

SamplesThe effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields.
Evident hostility.
Manifest disapproval.
Patent advantages.
Made his meaning plain.
It is plain that he is no reactionary.
In plain view.

Synonymsapparent, evident, manifest, plain, unmistakable



English noun: patent

1. patent (communication) a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

Synonymspatent of invention

Broader (hypernym)document, papers, written document

2. patent (communication) an official document granting a right or privilege

Synonymsletters patent

Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: patent

1. patent (possession) obtain a patent for

SamplesShould I patent this invention?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)procure, secure

2. patent (social) grant rights to; grant a patent for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)register

3. patent (change) make open to sight or notice

SamplesHis behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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