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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There do not appear to have been further reports on the Vis-O-Matic between 1951 and 1971, when A.J. Freiman was sold to retail giant Hudson's Bay, and most consumer culture historians aren't familiar with the innovation. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "‘Vis-O-Matic’ Was the 1950s Version of Online Shopping," 20 June 2019 The tuning of his bass is another quiet yet impactful Godfrey innovation. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019 However, the rapid innovation in this field can come with pitfalls. Suyin Haynes, Time, "This Robot Artist Just Became the First to Stage a Solo Exhibition. What Does That Say About Creativity?," 17 June 2019 But some are true innovations—tools that will make your job or project easier. Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Tool Awards," 14 June 2019 Learn about the latest innovations in micro and soft robotics at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, founded by National Geographic Explorer Robert Wood. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics High School Workshop on the MIT Campus," 12 June 2019 The 18 writers — all women — were prompted to imagine a future in which the innovations of today have had a positive impact, and have altered humanity’s relationship with the ocean. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Dive into a new sci-fi anthology set in the world’s oceans," 8 June 2019 Advertising The innovations in research have produced dozens of studies on different means of ingestion, but few researchers have stitched the research together or contemplated cumulative effects on people. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Average Americans eat, inhale thousands of tiny plastic pieces every year, study says," 6 June 2019 The question becomes: Could this be the next great innovation in the plus-size industry? Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Not All Plus-size Bodies Are Exactly the Same—This New Fashion Brand Gets It," 14 May 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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