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Dictionary definition for: Patent

1. (n) a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

2. (v) obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"

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

4. (n) an official document granting a right or privilege

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. (v) make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

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