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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.
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 innovators
  • It is interesting and refreshing to read this perspective on the challenge of educating the future innovators.
  • The artists have adapted to a lucrative form of communication and raised their level in society to innovators and leaders.
  • As a southern factory town, the city's long had some innovators.
  • The bill would thus eviscerate today's predictable legal environment, subjecting innovators to a new era of uncertainty and risk.
  • But surely these brilliant financial innovators could think up new solutions if the government refused to take on mortgage risk.
  • They are more likely to be innovators, having taken the step of founding a company.
  • Those innovators need all the encouragement they can get.
  • And innovators are working on cell-based manufacturing techniques that promise to be quicker and more reliable than using eggs.
  • The innovators also exude more confidence than others.
  • And their feedback helps those innovators fine-tune their products.
British Dictionary definitions for innovators


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 innovators



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
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