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innovation Syllabification: in·no·va·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈvāSH(ə)n/

Definition of innovation in English:


1The action or process of innovating.
Example sentences
  • An alliance allows its partners to speed up the processes of innovation and market expansion.
  • The Eighties were the decade of innovation and novelty in frozen and processed foods.
  • Scotland has a very proud record for biotech developments and innovation.
change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, breakthrough;
new measures, new methods, modernization, novelty, newness;
creativity, originality, ingenuity, inspiration, inventiveness
informal a shake up
1.1A new method, idea, product, etc. technological innovations designed to save energy
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  • He was always open to new ideas and innovations and increasingly his life became the canvas on which he plotted his art.
  • Take a look back at some of the events, ideas and innovations that brought us here.
  • Any nation with such a result will never catch up with the latest technological innovations.


Example sentences
  • It fills this role, in part, because it is a general-purpose technology one of a small number of drastic innovations that creates innovational complementarities that increase productivity in a downstream sector.
  • It was an innovational approach to solving problems and moving beyond the established and suitable restrictions of common usage.
  • In addition, a glimpse of an innovational approach is given which will revolutionize handling of such compounds in the future.


Late Middle English: from Latin innovatio(n-), from the verb innovare (see innovate).

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