Meaning of patent

Definition of patent

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

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