Dictionary Results for patent

1. patent - noun

· a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

Synonym(s): patent_of_invention

Hypernym(s): document, written_document, papers

2. patent - noun

· an official document granting a right or privilege

Synonym(s): letters_patent

Hypernym(s): legal_document, legal_instrument, official_document, instrument

3. patent - verb

· obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"

Hypernym(s): procure, secure

4. patent - verb

· grant rights to; grant a patent for

Hypernym(s): register

5. patent - verb

· make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify

6. patent - adjective

· (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"

7. patent - adjective

· clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment; "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"; "a palpable lie"

Synonym(s): apparent, evident, manifest, palpable, plain, unmistakable

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