[syn: fabricate, manufacture, cook up, make up, invent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Invent \In*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invented; p. pr. & vb.
n. Inventing.] [L. inventus, p. p. of invenire to come
upon, to find, invent; pref. in- in + venire to come, akin to
E. come: cf. F. inventer. See Come.]
1. To come or light upon; to meet; to find. [Obs.]
And vowed never to return again,
Till him alive or dead she did invent. --Spenser.
2. To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to
devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; --
applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable
mode, instrument, or machine.
Thus first Necessity invented stools. --Cowper.
3. To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to
forge; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the
machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood.
Whate'er his cruel malice could invent. --Milton.
He had invented some circumstances, and put the
worst possible construction on others. --Sir W.
Syn: To discover; contrive; devise; frame; design; fabricate;
concoct; elaborate. See Discover.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or
principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to
measure the speed of light" [syn: invent, contrive,
devise, excogitate, formulate, forge]
2: make up something artificial or untrue [syn: fabricate,
manufacture, cook up, make up, invent]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
99 Moby Thesaurus words for "invent":
beget, break ground, break the ice, breed, bring forth,
bring into being, call into being, coin, conceit, conceive,
conceptualize, concoct, contrive, cook up, counterfeit, create,
design, determine, develop, devise, discover, dream up, engender,
envision, evolve, experience imaginatively, fabricate, fake, fancy,
fantasize, fictionalize, find, find out, forge, formulate, frame,
fudge, generate, get, give being to, give rise to, hatch, hatch up,
head, head up, hit, hit upon, hoke up, hunt down, ideate, imagine,
improvise, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, introduce,
introduce new blood, lead, lead off, lead the way, locate,
make do with, make innovations, make up, manufacture, mature, mint,
mold, neologize, neoterize, originate, pioneer, plan, precede,
procreate, produce, rediscover, renew, renovate, revolutionize,
run down, run to earth, shape, spawn, stand first, strike,
strike out, suppose, take the initiative, take the lead,
take the plunge, think out, think up, trace, trace down,
track down, trump up, turn out, vamp up