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Adjective patent has 2 senses
  1. patent - (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"
    obstructed (indirect, via unobstructed)
  2. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain - 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 reactionary"; "in plain view"
    Antonym: unobvious (indirect, via obvious)
Noun patent has 2 senses
  1. patent, patent of invention - a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
    --1 is a kind of document, written document, papers
    Derived forms: verb patent2, verb patent1
  2. patent, letters patent - an official document granting a right or privilege
    --2 is a kind of legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument
    Derived form: verb patent2
Verb patent has 3 senses
  1. patent - obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"
    --1 is one way to
    procure, secure
    Derived forms: noun patent1, noun patentee1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. patent - grant rights to; grant a patent for
    --2 is one way to
    Derived forms: noun patent2, noun patent1, noun patentee1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. patent - make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
    --3 is one way to
    change, alter, modify
    Derived form: noun patency2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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