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English adjective: patent

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


SamplesPatent ductus arteriosus.


Similarunobstructed


Antonymsobstructed

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


Similarobvious


Antonymsunobvious


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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