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innovate

[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.
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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

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Historical Examples

  • For we have assumed satiety in desire to have been a powerful factor in the innovatory struggle we have witnessed.

    Social Origins and Primal Law

    Andrew Lang

  • But I might as well have aspired to sing them up in heaven, so utterly would they have been spurned as innovatory.


British Dictionary definitions for innovatory

innovate

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

Word Origin

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 innovatory

innovate

v.

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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