in·​no·​vate | \ ˈi-nə-ˌvāt How to pronounce innovate (audio) \
innovated; innovating

Definition of innovate

transitive verb

1 : to introduce as or as if new
2 archaic : to effect a change in the dictates of my father were … not to be altered, innovated, or even discussed— Sir Walter Scott

intransitive verb

: to make changes : do something in a new way

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Other Words from innovate

innovator \ ˈi-​nə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce innovator (audio) \ noun
innovatory \ ˈi-​nə-​və-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce innovatory (audio) , ˈi-​nə-​ˌvā-​tə-​rē \ adjective

Examples of innovate in a Sentence

The company plans to continue innovating and experimenting. The company innovated a new operating system.

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In addition to shifting consumer habits, Nestle and other cocoa manufacturers need to innovate because of global warming and other threats to their cocoa supply. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Nestle introduces a new kind of chocolate," 16 July 2019 Where most celebrities coordinate their style by picking outfits to match the vibe of their partner, the Wests prefer to innovate. Vogue, "Kanye and Kim Kardashian West Make the Case for Contrasting Couples Style," 11 July 2019 Like fintech startups, health tech startups are often building technical infrastructure from scratch and innovating solutions in a sector that has been slow to evolve over the years. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Startups trying to fix Nigeria’s broken healthcare system are winning global investor interest," 10 July 2019 Society misses out on opportunities to grow, evolve and innovate. Belabbes Benkredda, Quartz, "Facebook created our culture of echo chambers—and it killed the one thing that could fix it," 21 June 2019 Just now, Texas has more room than California to innovate and to strike a balance between small government and social support. The Economist, "Texafornia dreaming," 20 June 2019 The promise of lucrative designs and deals have inspired companies to innovate and invest in improvements which end up benefitting all players, professional or recreational. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Every invention you use has one thing in common," 18 June 2019 Sci-fi spectacle was integral to P-Funk, the postmodern and psychedelic brand of funk that George Clinton helped innovate. James Guida, The New York Review of Books, "James Guida," 6 Apr. 2019 The company is now innovating with things like a personal shopping service and self-driving delivery vans. Fortune, "Walmart," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of innovate

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for innovate

Latin innovatus, past participle of innovare, from in- + novus new — more at new

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English Language Learners Definition of innovate

: to do something in a new way : to have new ideas about how something can be done

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