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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This is a sensible innovation, but not a comprehensive security strategy, and some worry about the guard’s military character. The Economist, "AMLO’s populism is both rampant and constrained," 5 July 2019 In light of this, the BIS is planning to start an innovation hub for financial technology. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Facebook’s Libra is spurring central banks’ interest in issuing cryptocurrency," 30 June 2019 Just as some dreams might recur but most are ungodly innovations, Yorke’s third solo album refracts memories of his past work through a wild and unfamiliar thicket. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 On a conference call, management acknowledged that there has been insufficient innovation in aging brands like Fiber One and Nature Valley to keep up with modern diet trends. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Two-Legged Customers Let Down General Mills," 26 June 2019 Texas Monthly moved Taliaferro into a chief innovation officer role and appointed Rich Oppel, a former Austin American-Statesman editor, as interim editor in chief. Melissa Repko, Dallas News, "Texas Monthly bought by billionaire oil and gas heiress," 25 June 2019 Initially, there is much innovation, openness, and growth as new materials and production methods are invented. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Every invention you use has one thing in common," 18 June 2019 And yet, as investments in femtech grow and the companies serving women’s health-care concerns become profitable, there is a persistent question that looms: How useful are these innovations, really? Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 The ability to test a woman’s fertility so fast and so easily is an innovation in itself. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018

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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