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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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British Dictionary definitions for innovatory

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 innovatory
innovate
1548, from L. innovatus, pp. of innovare "to renew or change," from in- "into" + novus "new."
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