in·​no·​vate | \ˈi-nə-ˌvāt \
innovated; innovating

Definition of innovate 

transitive verb

1 : to introduce as or as if new

2 archaic : to effect a change in the dictates of my father were … not to be altered, innovated, or even discussed— Sir Walter Scott

intransitive verb

: to make changes : do something in a new way

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Other Words from innovate

innovator \ˈi-​nə-​ˌvā-​tər \ noun
innovatory \ˈi-​nə-​və-​ˌtȯr-​ē, ˈi-​nə-​ˌvā-​tə-​rē \ adjective

Examples of innovate in a Sentence

The company plans to continue innovating and experimenting. The company innovated a new operating system.

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Second, cities getting sick of traffic are more open to innovating away the problem. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Americans Are Falling in Love With Bike Share," 3 May 2018 Stratolaunch suits Witt's vision of Mojave as the center of this prototype world, where cutting-edge aerospace companies have the room to innovate. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012 That's going to force cabdrivers to innovate, to do better, to provide better customer service. Fox News, "Trumpism vs. socialism? DeSantis, Gillum face off in Florida," 29 Aug. 2018 As connoisseurs and even investors around the world have bought up stocks of Japanese whisky, Nikka and other distillers have been forced to innovate, releasing whiskies without age statements that excel in their own ways. Carey Jones, Vogue, "How Japanese Whisky Became the World’s Best," 25 Apr. 2018 America's craft doughnut shops and bakeries are always innovating with glaze, icing, fillings and toppings so fans never tire of the treat. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "50 states: 50 doughnut destinations," 1 June 2018 The always innovating brewery often surprises me with something new and delicious. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 go-to Milwaukee breweries for a beer lover's list," 22 Mar. 2018 Wynn is largely credited with innovating the current iteration of the Strip with glamorous resorts that began with the opening of the Mirage in 1989 and the Bellagio less than 10 years later. David Montero,, "Strike by Vegas casino workers could be 'crippling' with summer and Stanley Cup Final ahead," 23 May 2018 In early 1930s, the great Herbert Chapman of Arsenal innovated the formation into the WM., "World Cup Countdown: 19 Weeks to Go - Built by Arsenal, the Best Team That Didn't Compete In 1934," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of innovate

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for innovate

Latin innovatus, past participle of innovare, from in- + novus new — more at new

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English Language Learners Definition of innovate

: to do something in a new way : to have new ideas about how something can be done

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