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- invent:  Invent originally meant ‘find’ (‘Since that Eve was procreated out of Adam’s side, could not such newels [novelties] in this land be invented’, wrote the anonymous author of a 15th-century song). It was based on invent-, the past participial stem of Latin invenīre ‘come upon, find’, a compound verb formed from the prefix in- ‘on’ and venīre ‘come’.
The sense ‘devise’, which developed via ‘discover’, actually existed in the Latin verb, but English did not take it on board until the 16th century. The derivative inventory  was borrowed from medieval Latin inventōrium ‘list’, an alteration of late Latin inventārium, which originally meant a ‘finding out’, hence an ‘enumeration’.
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- invent (v.)
- late 15c., "find, discover," a back-formation from invention or else from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire âto come upon; devise, discoverâ (see invention). Meaning "make up, think up" is from 1530s, as is that of "produce by original thought." Related: Invented; inventing.
- 1. His father had helped invent a whole new way of doing business.
- 2. We have to invent a new method for sneaking prisoners out without being noticed by the guards.
- 3. I stood still, trying to invent a plausible excuse.
- 4. Soon designers began to invent new idioms expressly for the toolbar.
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- 5. He can always invent a new game to divert the children.
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