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PATENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does patent mean? 

PATENT (noun)
  The noun PATENT has 2 senses:

1. a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
2. an official document granting a right or privilege

  Familiarity information: PATENT used as a noun is rare.


PATENT (adjective)
  The adjective PATENT has 2 senses:

1. (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage
2. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

  Familiarity information: PATENT used as an adjective is rare.


PATENT (verb)
  The verb PATENT has 3 senses:

1. obtain a patent for
2. grant rights to; grant a patent for
3. make open to sight or notice

  Familiarity information: PATENT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATENT (noun)


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Meaning:

A document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

patent; patent of invention

Hypernyms ("patent" is a kind of...):

document; papers; written document (writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature))


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Meaning:

An official document granting a right or privilege

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

letters patent; patent

Hypernyms ("patent" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


PATENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

(of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

Context example:

patent ductus arteriosus

Similar:

unobstructed (free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance)


Sense 2patent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

Synonyms:

plain; manifest; evident; apparent; patent; unmistakable

Context examples:

the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields / evident hostility / manifest disapproval / patent advantages / made his meaning plain / it is plain that he is no reactionary / in plain view

Similar:

obvious (easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind)


PATENT (verb)


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Meaning:

Obtain a patent for

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

Should I patent this invention?

Hypernyms (to "patent" is one way to...):

procure; secure (get by special effort)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2patent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grant rights to; grant a patent for

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "patent" is one way to...):

register (record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3patent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make open to sight or notice

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him

Hypernyms (to "patent" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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