Definitions for patent

Definitions for (noun) patent

Main entry: patent, patent of invention

Definition: a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

Main entry: patent, letters patent

Definition: an official document granting a right or privilege

Definitions for (verb) patent

Main entry: patent

Definition: make open to sight or notice

Usage: His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him

Main entry: patent

Definition: obtain a patent for

Usage: Should I patent this invention?

Main entry: patent

Definition: grant rights to; grant a patent for

Definitions for (adj) patent

Main entry: patent, unmistakable, apparent, plain, manifest, evident

Definition: clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

Usage: 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

Main entry: patent

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

Usage: patent ductus arteriosus

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