invent

To invent is to create for the first time or make up. If you tell your friends that you invented the electric guitar, you are inventing a pretty unbelievable story about your past.

When you think of the word invent, think of Thomas Alva Edison who invented the long-lasting light bulb, the motion picture camera, the phonograph, and the stock ticker. That's a lot of inventions! You couldn't invent a better story of American ingenuity, could you?

Definitions of invent
  1. verb
    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    synonyms: contrive, devise, excogitate, forge, formulate
    see moresee less
    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  2. verb
    make up something artificial or untrue
    synonyms: cook up, fabricate, make up, manufacture
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 5 types...
    hide 5 types...
    mythologise, mythologize
    construct a myth
    confabulate
    unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
    concoct, trump up
    invent
    spin
    make up a story
    vamp, vamp up
    make up
    type of:
    concoct, dream up, hatch, think of, think up
    devise or invent
Word Family