verb (used without object), in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing.

to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.

verb (used with object), in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing.

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 formsin·no·va·tor, nounin·no·va·to·ry, adjectiveun·in·no·vat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for innovator

Contemporary Examples of innovator

  • Tremendous leadership, excellent manager, innovator, mother of two and cares about the future of all children.

  • Andrew Breitbart was an innovator and inventor, a man who as much as any shaped the media culture of the Internet age.

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    Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012

    David Frum

    March 1, 2012

  • The Daily Beast would like to thank Lexus, sponsor of our Innovator Interviews series, for making these chats possible.

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    Live Chat With John Kao

    The Daily Beast

    February 24, 2011

  • Mulally had been an innovator all his career, putting a personal mark on the enormously successful 777 program and—imagine this!

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    Ford's Stealth Genius

    Clive Irving

    July 24, 2009

  • But what a flawed hero is our Rupert.Like Hearst, he was never a pioneer or much of an innovator as a newspaper publisher.

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    What Murdoch Can Learn From Hearst

    David Nasaw

    May 10, 2009

Historical Examples of innovator

British Dictionary definitions for innovator



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