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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Recent Examples on the Web

One promising innovation is iBuild, an Uber-like app in parts of Africa and Asia. The Economist, "Housing microfinance can help poor people build better homes," 19 July 2019 What are the consequences when the financial engines of innovation are so far insulated from democratic forces? Avi Asher-schapiro, The New Republic, "The Very Small World of VC," 18 July 2019 While new technology can sometimes feel strange, almost other-worldly at first, the future of innovation actually involves researchers better understanding the natural world around us. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 The innovation became an immediate success, and nine years later, Potempa’s expanding her empire further. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Celebrity Hairstylist Sarah Potempa on Becoming the Global Businesswoman Behind The Beachwaver Co.," 10 July 2019 Still, even with all the modern innovations now readily available, there is still a lot of confusion around the best and safest methods for getting a whiter smile. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "How To Whiten Your Teeth — Whether Your Budget Is $5 Or $500," 5 July 2019 The next wave of innovation will be to expand sexed sperm to more species. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "There’s still room to innovate in the cutting-edge cow semen business," 3 July 2019 Back then, in the ’60s, rocket scientists were the badass dudes of innovation. al.com, "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 27 June 2019 Back then, in the ’60s , rocket scientists were the badass dudes of innovation. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 18 June 2019

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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