[ in-uh-veyt ]
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verb (used without object),in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing.
  1. to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.

verb (used with object),in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing.
  1. to introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time: to innovate a computer operating system.

  2. Archaic. to alter.

Origin of innovate

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin innovātus, past participle of innovāre “to renew, alter,” equivalent to in- intensive prefix + novātus, past participle of novā(re) “to renew,” verbal derivative of novus “new” + -tus past participle suffix); see in-2, new

Other words from innovate

  • in·no·va·tor, noun
  • un·in·no·vat·ing, adjective

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How to use innovate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for innovate


/ (ˈɪnəˌveɪt) /

  1. to invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc)

Origin of innovate

C16: from Latin innovāre to renew, from in- ² + novāre to make new, from novus new

Derived forms of innovate

  • innovative or innovatory, adjective
  • innovator, noun

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