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

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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 If artificial intelligence is going to help drive the innovation economy, as many believe, Dallas-Fort Worth has some ground to make up. Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 The activewear giant has been leading the charge in sustainable fabric innovation for years now, with the main mission of ending plastic waste. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2021 Nia DaCosta’s take on the 1992 horror classic finds new depths in an urban legend but drowns in its own innovation. David Sims, The Atlantic, 25 Aug. 2021 While Arizona is perhaps the leader in water innovation in the west, Colorado has done its fair share, even pioneering the recycling of wastewater for irrigation in the 1960s. Luke Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Aug. 2021 Ross's real estate firm The Related Cos. is reportedly in talks with the Ilitch family organization to potentially build that innovation center on land behind the Fox Theatre in downtown. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 20 Aug. 2021 Faulconer said what the state should do instead is offer incentives to entrepreneurs to help reduce vehicle emissions, saying California leads the nation in technical innovation and is up to the task. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Coming from a five-year stint as the American College of Cardiology’s chief innovation officer, John Rumsfeld started this month at Facebook. Stat Staff, STAT, 23 July 2021 For over a decade, Apple has led the industry in security innovation and, as a result, security researchers agree iPhone is the safest, most secure consumer mobile device on the market. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 22 July 2021

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 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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