innovation

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

Definition of innovation

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

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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 Nottingham Spirk, an innovation and design company in Cleveland, is partnering with global accounting and professional services firm Ernst & Young to open the EY-Nottingham Spirk Innovation Hub. cleveland, "Nottingham Spirk, Ernst & Young expand forces at innovation hub," 18 Nov. 2020 In her new role Singer will presumably marry innovation and commerce. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Sally Singer Lands a New Role at Amazon," 12 Nov. 2020 Salesforce is an enterprise software firm based in San Francisco that says its culture of trust is its greatest competitive advantage and fuels its growth, innovation and social impact. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Salesforce," 12 Nov. 2020 BetterUp named chief innovation officer Gabrilla Kellerman chief product officer. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Meet the married couple behind Pfizer’s COVID vaccine," 11 Nov. 2020 His remarks came after Vice President Wang Qishan — a Xi confidante — called for a balance between innovation and strong regulations to prevent financial risks. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Betting on Gridlock," 5 Nov. 2020 The Girard Foundation is a private family foundation that aims to foster innovation and change in K-12 education, with the goal of improving student outcomes in San Diego County. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Nov. 5," 5 Nov. 2020 The remarks came after Vice President Wang Qishan -- a Xi confidante -- called for a balance between financial innovation and strong regulations to prevent financial risks. Enda Curran, Bloomberg.com, "Derailing of Jack Ma’s Ant IPO Shows Xi Jinping’s in Charge," 4 Nov. 2020 Loss of creativity and innovation is also at risk without a physical workspace. Candace Nelson, Star Tribune, "Forum: Why return to the office? Ask younger workers," 8 Nov. 2020

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 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for innovation

innovation

noun
How to pronounce innovation (audio)

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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