(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

- patent ductus arteriosus

Similar word(s): unobstructed

2. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

- patent advantages

Similar word(s): obvious, apparent, evident, manifest, palpable, plain, unmistakable

Sentences with patent as an adjective:

- That is a patent ductus arteriosus.

- Those claims are patent nonsense.

- letters patent

- a patent right; patent medicines


1. a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

Definition categories: communication, document, papers

2. an official document granting a right or privilege

Definition categories: communication, instrument


1. obtain a patent for

- Should I patent this invention?

Definition categories: possession, procure, secure

2. grant rights to; grant a patent for

Definition categories: social, register

3. make open to sight or notice

- His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him

Definition categories: change, alter, modify