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
1. To come or light upon; to meet; to
And vowed never to return again,
Till him alive or dead she did invent.
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
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
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.