innovation

noun
in·​no·​va·​tion | \ ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce innovation (audio) \

Definition of innovation

1 : the introduction of something new
2 : a new idea, method, or device : novelty

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Other Words from innovation

innovational \ ˌi-​nə-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce innovational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

What is the difference between innovation and invention?

The words innovation and invention overlap semantically but are really quite distinct.

Invention can refer to a type of musical composition, a falsehood, a discovery, or any product of the imagination. The sense of invention most likely to be confused with innovation is “a device, contrivance, or process originated after study and experiment,” usually something which has not previously been in existence.

Innovation, for its part, can refer to something new or to a change made to an existing product, idea, or field. One might say that the first telephone was an invention, the first cellular telephone either an invention or an innovation, and the first smartphone an innovation.

Examples of innovation in a Sentence

She is responsible for many innovations in her field. the latest innovation in computer technology Through technology and innovation, they found ways to get better results with less work. the rapid pace of technological innovation
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Finally, Harry will round out his trip with a visit to BongoHive, the country’s first technology and innovation hub. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Harry Is Missing This Important Anniversary With Meghan Markle," 20 Nov. 2018 In another twist, the plan is structured as an experiment through a Medicare innovation center empowered to seek savings by the Affordable Care Act. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices," 25 Oct. 2018 His wife Ricky and his three children, Andrew, David, and Dylan, have long appeared in his advertising, and David, 48, is now chief innovation officer and vice chairman of the Ralph Lauren Corporation. Pamela Hanson, Town & Country, "Ralph Lauren Talks Family, Fashion, and His Global Empire's 50th Anniversary," 10 Oct. 2018 Finding regulatory relief that ensure the United States is still the world leader in innovation and delivering safe treatments to patients is critical. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 And China hopes this represents an opportunity to become an innovation hub for electric-and autonomous-car development, advancing its goal of becoming a technological powerhouse. Jamie Condliffe, New York Times, "China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.," 11 July 2018 He is still listed as Helios's chief innovation officer on the company's website. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A trail of lawsuits and a failed psychic hotline. Meet the Miami man running MoviePass," 28 June 2018 Before arriving in Boston, Chang served as local instructional superintendent of an innovation center within the Los Angeles Unified School District. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang to resign," 22 June 2018 The Portland innovation hub specifically targets the mobile development and eBay for Charity teams. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Business Movers: Susan Jeffords named Portland State University provost," 6 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'innovation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of innovation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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innovation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of innovation

: a new idea, device, or method
: the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods

innovation

noun
in·​no·​va·​tion | \ ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce innovation (audio) \

Kids Definition of innovation

1 : a new idea, method, or device : novelty The company's latest innovation is a talking car.
2 : the introduction of something new Consumers are looking for innovation.

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