|1.||[ noun ] (writing) a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention|
|2.||[ verb ] obtain a patent for|
"Should I patent this invention?"
|3.||[ verb ] grant rights to; grant a patent for|
|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"
|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"
|7.||[ noun ] (law,writing) an official document granting a right or privilege|
|Related terms:||legal_document law|