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[in-uh-veyt] /ˈɪn əˌveɪt/
verb (used without object), innovated, innovating.
to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.
verb (used with object), innovated, innovating.
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 forms
innovator, noun
innovatory, adjective
uninnovating, adjective Unabridged
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  • IM systems are being built out, added onto and innovated around.
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  • Always for to find seemingly innovated sci-fi concepts end up having real-world parallels.
  • Apple has innovated the technological world and is the true leader of bringing new technology to households.
  • Contractors improvised and innovated to keep the ground and materials from freezing.
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  • innovated repayment methods should be supported such as on-bill financing.
  • She reviewed their innovated approach to learning and distributed handouts for members to review.
  • To take advantage of this new timber supply, folks again innovated.
  • Grade school children are also fresh with innovated ideas.
British Dictionary definitions for innovated


to invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc)
Derived Forms
innovative, innovatory, adjective
innovator, 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 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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