patent ( patents plural & 3rd person present) ( patenting present participle) ( patented past tense & past participle )
The pronunciation pætənt is also used for meanings 1 and 2 in British English.
1 n-count A patent is an official right to be the only person or company allowed to make or sell a new product for a certain period of time.
P&G applied for a patent on its cookies..., He held a number of patents for his many innovations...
2 verb If you patent something, you obtain a patent for it.
He patented the idea that the atom could be split... V n
...a patented machine called the VCR II. V-ed
3 adj You use patent to describe something, especially something bad, in order to indicate in an emphatic way that you think its nature or existence is clear and obvious.
(=obvious) This was patent nonsense., ...a patent lie.
(=clearly) He made his displeasure patently obvious...
Patent leather is leather which has a shiny surface. It is used to make shoes, bags, and belts. n-uncount oft N n
He wore patent leather shoes.
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