Definitions of patent:
  • noun:   a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
  • noun:   an official document granting a right or privilege
  • verb:   obtain a patent for
    Example: "Should I patent this invention?"
  • verb:   grant rights to; grant a patent for
  • verb:   make open to sight or notice
    Example: "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
  • adjective:   (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage
    Example: "Patent ductus arteriosus"
  • adjective:   clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses
    Example: "Patent advantages"

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