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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.
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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.
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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 formsin·no·va·tor, nounin·no·va·to·ry, adjectiveun·in·no·vat·ing, adjective
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Related Words for innovated

organize, launch, invent, unveil, initiate, admit, plan, install, found, establish, start, present, spawn, evolve, develop, conceive, discover, produce, hatch, spark

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British Dictionary definitions for innovated


  1. to invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc)
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Derived Formsinnovative or innovatory, adjectiveinnovator, noun

Word Origin for innovate

C16: from Latin innovāre to renew, from in- ² + novāre to make new, from novus new
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Word Origin and History for innovated



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.

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