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Definition 1: an official document granting a right or privilege - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for patent in the sense of this definition

(patent is a kind of ...) (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

(patent belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for patent in the sense of this definition

(patent is a kind of ...) writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

Definition 3: make open to sight or notice - [verb of change]

Samples where patent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him

(patent is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 4: obtain a patent for - [verb of possession]

Samples where patent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Should I patent this invention?

(patent is a kind of ...) get by special effort

"He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"

(patent is a kind of ...) record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions

Definition 6: clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where patent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for patent in the sense of this definition

(patent is similar to ...) easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind

"obvious errors"

Definition 7: (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where patent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • patent ductus arteriosus

(patent is similar to ...) free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance

"an unobstructed view"

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