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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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Examples from the web for innovator
  • But those ideas are often rejected because the creative innovator must stand up to vested interests and defy the crowd.
  • Clearly, it is not enough to have an innovative strategy, one must also be an innovator in one's choice of words.
  • Historians have viewed her both as a brazen usurper and a gender-bending innovator.
  • It has become a leading industrial power, a technological innovator and a vibrant democracy.
  • We have lost a great innovator with too big a shoes to fill.
  • He needs to be an innovator and an entrepreneur with a global vision.
  • He had an unusual combination of gifts, that of innovator and salesman.
  • Less well known is his importance as a management innovator.
  • Using such an innovator as the measuring stick of the standard is something of an odd choice.
  • Still, nature is nothing if not an innovator, and an explosion of invasive species has beneficial repercussions for some animals.
British Dictionary definitions for innovator


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 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.

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