[ in-uh-vey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn əˈveɪ ʃən /


something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

Origin of innovation

First recorded in 1540–50, innovation is from the Late Latin word innovātiōn- (stem of innovātiō). See innovate, -ion

Related forms

in·no·va·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for innovation


/ (ˌɪnəˈveɪʃən) /


something newly introduced, such as a new method or device
the act of innovating

Derived Forms

innovational, adjectiveinnovationist, noun
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