1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort;
- Example: "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]
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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come or light upon; to meet; to find. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And vowed never to return again, Till him alive or dead she did invent. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Thus first Necessity invented stools. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Whate'er his cruel malice could invent. --Milton. [1913 Webster] He had invented some circumstances, and put the worst possible construction on others. --Sir W. Scott. Syn: To discover; contrive; devise; frame; design; fabricate; concoct; elaborate. See Discover. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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