innovation

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noun in·no·va·tion \ ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of innovation

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

innovational

play \ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of innovation in a Sentence

  1. She is responsible for many innovations in her field.

  2. the latest innovation in computer technology

  3. Through technology and innovation, they found ways to get better results with less work.

  4. the rapid pace of technological innovation

Recent Examples of innovation from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of innovation

15th century


INNOVATION Defined for English Language Learners

innovation

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Definition of innovation for English Language Learners

  • : a new idea, device, or method

  • : the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods


INNOVATION Defined for Kids

innovation

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noun in·no·va·tion \ ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of innovation for Students

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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