1. [ noun ] (writing) a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
Synonyms: patent_of_invention
Related terms: document
2. [ verb ] obtain a patent for

"Should I patent this invention?"

Related terms: procure
3. [ verb ] grant rights to; grant a patent for
Related terms: register
4. [ adjective ] clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses
Synonyms: evident apparent plain manifest

"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields" "evident hostility" "manifest disapproval" "patent advantages" "made his meaning plain" "in plain view"

Related terms: obvious
5. [ verb ] make open to sight or notice

"His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Related terms: change obviousness
6. [ adjective ] (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

"patent ductus arteriosus"

Related terms: unobstructed
7. [ noun ] (law,writing) an official document granting a right or privilege
Synonyms: letters_patent
Related terms: legal_document law
Similar spelling:   patently