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How to Tell the Difference Between Invent and Discover

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Use the term discover when referring to finding something that already exists.

Use the term invent when referring to finding or creating something new.

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  • New chemicals, subatomic particles and chemical elements are 'discovered', even when they are newly created by the scientists. This is because they also exist (or used to exist) somewhere else in the universe.