innovate

verb in·no·vate \ ˈi-nə-ˌvāt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of innovate

innovated; innovating
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

innovator

play \ˈi-nə-ˌvā-tər\ noun

innovatory

play \ˈi-nə-və-ˌtȯr-ē, ˈi-nə-ˌvā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of innovate in a Sentence

  1. The company plans to continue innovating and experimenting.

  2. The company innovated a new operating system.

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Origin and Etymology of innovate

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


INNOVATE Defined for English Language Learners

innovate

verb

Definition of innovate for English Language Learners

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



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