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  1. [noun] a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
    Synonyms: of invention

  2. [noun] an official document granting a right or privilege
    Synonyms: letters

  3. [verb] obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"

  4. [verb] grant rights to; grant a patent for

  5. [verb] make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

  6. [adjective] (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"

  7. [adjective] clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "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"
    Synonyms: apparent, evident, manifest, plain


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