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PATENT

1. [n] a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

2. [n] an official document granting a right or privilege

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

4. [v] obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"

5. [v] grant rights to; grant a patent for

6. [s] 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 reac

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

similar words

1. [a] obvious

2. [a] unobstructed

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