in·​no·​vate | \ ˈi-nə-ˌvāt How to pronounce innovate (audio) \
innovated; innovating

Definition of innovate

intransitive verb

: to make changes : do something in a new way

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

Other Words from innovate

innovator \ ˈi-​nə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce innovate (audio) \ noun
innovatory \ ˈi-​nə-​və-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce innovate (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The auto industry is going to need to innovate its way out of this crisis. Dakin Sloss, Fortune, 28 June 2022 This is part of the agency's goal of giving private companies the freedom to innovate and design spacesuits that will fulfill NASA's needs and those of private customers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 1 June 2022 Building, and rebuilding, Alice gave the Eviation team freedom to innovate. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 American and European companies will need to innovate faster to compete in the super-app race. Elad Natanson, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Academic research also underpins the desire to innovate wireless charging for EVs. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2022 The second is making sure that those companies that are already in the energy space, those companies also have an opportunity to innovate. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 15 June 2022 But the move could stifle efforts to innovate toward the abolishment of charging ports altogether, such as the use of magnetic-contact chargers instead of ports to allow for extremely thin devices, said Benedict Evans, an industry analyst. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 India would do well to create an environment in which government funding lets its innovators innovate, but such an industry is not created overnight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 3 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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