innovation

noun
in·​no·​va·​tion | \ ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce innovation (audio) \

Essential Meaning of innovation

1 : a new idea, device, or method She is responsible for many innovations in her field. the latest innovation in computer technology
2 : the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods Through technology and innovation, they found ways to get better results with less work. the rapid pace of technological innovation

Full Definition of innovation

1 : a new idea, method, or device : novelty
2 : the introduction of something new

Other Words from innovation

innovational \ ˌi-​nə-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce innovation (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 Aquatint’s rise is perhaps not so very different from any modern innovation in image-making. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Over the next few decades, the company was run by a relatively fastidious lot, with a culture that favored innovation and prided itself on its deference to its engineers, particularly on matters of safety. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 This year has the opportunity to greatly increase the diversity of collectors—and watches—in circulation, growing the community and encouraging innovation across the board. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2022 Delta also wants to invest in new, sustainable sources of aviation fuel, but that will require time and technological innovation, Mr. Janki said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 Any business – especially one that spans 125 years – requires innovation. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 9 Jan. 2022 These practice involve facilitating innovation in hybrid and remote teams through techniques such as virtual asynchronous brainstorming and serendipitous idea generation. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 7 Jan. 2022 The iPhone 14 Pro hole-punch design is the next innovation to help Apple get there. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 Jan. 2022 Crisis breeds innovation, and the difficulties of conducting in-person business during the pandemic have exposed office workers to a tactic once reserved mostly for camp counselors, or bosses with capture the flag captain energy: color coding. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022

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 2

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“Innovation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innovation. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for innovation

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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