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innovate

[in-uh-veyt] /ˈɪn əˌveɪt/
verb (used without object), innovated, innovating.
1.
to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.
verb (used with object), innovated, innovating.
2.
to introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time:
to innovate a computer operating system.
3.
Archaic. to alter.
Origin
1540-1550
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
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  • Humans have an extremely poor track record of innovating their way out of resource crisis.
  • Then you can start innovating on the reactor designs as you build new plants.
British Dictionary definitions for innovating

innovate

/ˈɪnəˌveɪt/
verb
1.
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 innovating

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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