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1. power of mental creation or construction, inventiveness, imagination Ado V. i. 296 “if your love Can labour aught in sad ,” LLL. IV. ii. 130 “the jerks of ,” H5 I. Chor. 2, Oth. II. ii. 125, Ven. Ded. 5 “the first heir of my invention.”
2. work of imagination, literary composition Tw.N. V. i. 345.
3. device, design, plan Shr. I. i. 194, 1H6 III. i. 5 “Do it without invention, suddenly,” Lr. I. ii. 20.
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.2
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