innovate

verb
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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Legend has it that Steve Jobs wore the same style of Issey Miyake turtleneck and jeans every day to eliminate wasted mental energy—fewer decisions about what to wear equals more brain space to innovate in other arenas. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Wardrobe NYC Launches a Sport Capsule Complete With Exclusive New Adidas Sneakers," 10 July 2018 Image The experiment is the latest sign of China’s desire to innovate in, and dominate, the increasingly lucrative and strategically important market for renewable energy. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels," 11 June 2018 Either way, firms may have fewer incentives to innovate. The Economist, "FDA wants to help unproductive drugmakers," 22 Mar. 2018 But that hasn’t stopped Intel from innovating, most recently by combining Optane and flash memory on a single M.2 card. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Optane Memory H10 marries super-fast Optane and SSD storage on one M.2 card," 9 Jan. 2019 Great flavor was the obvious prerequisite, but genius desserts also had to innovate, to problem-solve, to surprise. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Food52.com writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 Still, both companies must innovate in order to keep their investors’ tails wagging. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 As fans of the show know, the costume gets tweaked just a bit each season as the character’s tech wizard, Cisco Ramon, continues to innovate it. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'The Flash' star Grant Gustin fires back at body shamers after Season 5 super suit leaks online," 9 Aug. 2018 One great thing about federalism is that states can innovate, demonstrate, and incorporate ideas from one another. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts drop tuition and fees for in-state students at its public colleges and universities?," 22 June 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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innovate

verb

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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