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

intransitive verb

: to make changes : do something in a new way

transitive verb

: to introduce as or as if new
archaic : to effect a change in
The dictates of my father were … not to be altered, innovated, or even discussed …Sir Walter Scott
innovator noun
ˈi-nə-və-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce innovate (audio)

Examples of innovate in a Sentence

The company plans to continue innovating and experimenting. The company innovated a new operating system.
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, a consumer research group found that the pool of Tesla buyers was shrinking due to Musk’s extreme views and warnings earlier this year suggested that the Tesla boss was losing focus on the automaker, hitting its ability to innovate. Owen Bellwood/jalopnik, Quartz, 5 July 2024 In her new role, Mendez, an 8-time Emmy award-winner, will oversee the development and production of new unscripted television shows for the company, leveraging her extensive background to innovate and expand the company’s portfolio of unscripted content. Rosy Cordero, Deadline, 27 June 2024 Marcus is continuing to innovate with pastries, inspired by silent films. Cady Lang, TIME, 27 June 2024 These privileges were analogous to the subsidies that governments provide to some private-sector companies, which then have less incentive to innovate and take risks. Shadi Hamid, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for innovate 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of innovate was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Innovate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​no·​vate ˈin-ə-ˌvāt How to pronounce innovate (audio)
innovated; innovating
: to introduce something new
innovate a new website
: do something in a new way
innovator noun

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