innovate

verb
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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That’s not to say that Intel doesn’t continue to innovate in dual-screen PCs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel dreams of the PC's future: 'Ambient PCs,' fancy fabrics, and a monster dual-display gaming rig," 29 May 2019 Like other food makers, Kraft Heinz is trying to innovate while also maintaining its industry-leading profitability—a balancing act that fell apart in the latest quarter. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Kraft Heinz Divulges SEC Investigation, Swings to Loss," 21 Feb. 2019 But this research shows that public policy can be incredibly effective in creating the market conditions in which individuals can innovate. David Roberts, Vox, "What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.," 20 Nov. 2018 SpaceX has always been a different company, innovating in the development and marketing of its rockets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course," 18 Sep. 2018 In other words, culture matters these days in Corporate America, and companies are looking to innovate in ways that will attract talent and drive performance. Erika Fry, Fortune, "How Corporate America Is Trying to Innovate Workplace Culture," 26 June 2018 From his perspective, having shepherded Acer out of tougher times, the choice was to innovate or bust. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Acer CEO Jason Chen explains why his PCs are going niche," 19 Apr. 2019 The Upper East Side offers a wealth of old-school restaurants, many of them pocket-size, none of them in a hurry to innovate. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "My Upper East Side Story: Pizza, Schnitzel, a Piano Bar," 12 Apr. 2018 These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The European Union hits Google with a $5 billion fine," 18 July 2018

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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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innovate

verb

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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