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

v come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

contrive, devise, excogitate, forge, formulate
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

v make up something artificial or untrue

cook up, fabricate, make up, manufacture
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mythologise, mythologize
construct a myth
unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
concoct, trump up
make up a story
vamp, vamp up
make up
Type of:
concoct, dream up, hatch, think of, think up
devise or invent

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