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[in-uh-veyt] /ˈɪn əˌveɪt/
verb (used without object), innovated, innovating.
to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.
verb (used with object), innovated, innovating.
to introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time:
to innovate a computer operating system.
Archaic. to alter.
Origin of innovate
1540-50; < Latin innovātus past participle of innovāre to renew, alter, equivalent to in- in-2 + novātus (novā(re) to renew, verbal derivative of novus new + -tus past participle suffix)
Related forms
innovator, noun
innovatory, adjective
uninnovating, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The hollow shells of worn-out institutions rattled wherever this innovator stepped.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Every artist is in some measure an innovator; for his own age he is a romanticist.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • He was for them no innovator, but rather the unrecognized tyrant who held them back from real innovation.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • If he does any thing out of the common course, he is an innovator.

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Even in this era of culture and science, the reformer and the innovator of moral and social customs ran the risk of persecution.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
British Dictionary definitions for innovator


to invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc)
Derived Forms
innovative, innovatory, adjective
innovator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin innovāre to renew, from in-² + novāre to make new, from novus new
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for innovator

1590s, from Late Latin innovator, agent noun from innovare (see innovate).



1540s, "introduce as new," from Latin innovatus, past participle of innovare "to renew, restore; to change," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + novus "new" (see new). Meaning "make changes in something established" is from 1590s. Related: Innovated; innovating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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