Definition of innovate in English:


Line breaks: in¦nov|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnəveɪt


[no object]
  • 1Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company’s failure to diversify and innovate competitively
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    • Some expressed the view that fewer and fewer employers are willing to take risks with ideas or to innovate.
    • That means the Koreans must keep innovating and introduce automation to stay competitive.
    • Increased competition means producers must innovate and improve constantly.
  • 1.1 [with object] Introduce (something new, especially a product): we continue to innovate new products
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    • Decrease hospital stays by innovating new products.
    • Sometimes it's hard to imagine that there's still room to innovate your product or service.
    • The drive to constantly innovate product and process technology is strongly visible.



Pronunciation: /-veɪt(ə)ri/
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  • That is why he deliberately left so few personal records behind; that explains the innovatory brilliance of his greatest plays.
  • Luther's unprecedented reconstruction of church imaging was innovatory in proposing the form that altarpieces should take.
  • The factors that led to the innovatory creation of works of this sort in the 1910s could be described in many ways.


mid 16th century: from Latin innovat- 'renewed, altered', from the verb innovare, from in- 'into' + novare 'make new' (from novus 'new').

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