Definition of innovate in English:



  • 1 Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

    ‘the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively’
    • ‘We have the ingenuity, good humour, and curiosity to adapt and innovate - to be victorious, no matter what the circumstances.’
    • ‘The same soldiers and leaders who adapt, learn and innovate on our battlefields serve in our institutional Army.’
    • ‘That means the Koreans must keep innovating and introduce automation to stay competitive.’
    • ‘If those resources were there, commanders could have made a bad plan work by improvising, adapting and innovating on the ground.’
    • ‘Other providers must imitate, innovate, or lose business.’
    • ‘The company, he said, intends to innovate by possibly introducing entry-level malts.’
    • ‘If you want to compete, you have to innovate and adapt.’
    • ‘Businesses must continually develop and innovate if they are to continue to be competitive and, ultimately, profitable.’
    • ‘If Ireland wants to maintain the gains we have achieved over the past few years, we must innovate more.’
    • ‘If our economy is to be about more than the diffusion of others inventions, we must ourselves innovate more and invent more.’
    • ‘Public policy encourages surgeons to innovate when confronted with a problem, emergency or elective, for which there is no consensus solution.’
    • ‘We can no longer depend on tax breaks for multinationals or cheap labour; we must innovate and be entrepreneurial.’
    • ‘Increased competition means producers must innovate and improve constantly.’
    • ‘Artists and intellectuals alike were prevented from innovating or adopting new ideas.’
    • ‘In addition, a firm also innovates and adapts, which allows it to further accumulate new knowledge.’
    • ‘We'll talk about U.S. military efforts to innovate, to modernize, and to stay ahead of any potential enemy.’
    • ‘And it means the governor must innovate at every turn.’
    • ‘To participate fully in today's changing markets farmers must innovate, intensify production, and invest.’
    • ‘Some expressed the view that fewer and fewer employers are willing to take risks with ideas or to innovate.’
    • ‘Headmasters and school boards have control over budgets, the curriculum, staffing and salaries, and as a result are free to innovate and adapt to local needs.’
    originate, create, innovate, design, devise, contrive, formulate, develop
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    1. 1.1[with object]Introduce (something new, especially a product)
      ‘we continue to innovate new products’
      • ‘Ten potential targets have been discovered for innovating new vaccine, which is very helpful for disease control.’
      • ‘Although innovated by industry, this approach seems ideally suited for facilitating military use of commercial satellite communications.’
      • ‘How we have no national dance company and rely on the tender mercies of people like Sonja to keep our folk dances alive and to innovate new ones.’
      • ‘Bolt on necks may or may not have been innovated by him (they existed on other instruments) but he pulled together the art of manufacturing guitars like no one else.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's hard to imagine that there's still room to innovate your product or service.’
      • ‘The project was launched by the foundation to innovate new design and incorporate the spirit of the city.’
      • ‘My aim is to account for part of these changes and show how superhero comics have been innovated.’
      • ‘Though books never really went out of circulation, the stores in the past couple of years have innovated a new marketing strategy to invite and sustain the readers.’
      • ‘The drive to constantly innovate product and process technology is strongly visible.’
      • ‘You've innovated several moves over the course of your career.’
      • ‘Though higher spending was the main focus of the expert group, they also recommended a greater focus on developing a culture intent on innovating the economy.’
      • ‘Her work innovates ways of perceiving movement and the performer.’
      • ‘Were saying that a certain amount of graphical power was necessary to innovate those new gameplay elements.’
      • ‘Although some progress was made on innovating Europe's economy, by early 2005 it was clear that these targets will not be met.’
      • ‘I believe it should be influenced by the structure of the organizations that innovate these technologies and products.’
      • ‘Surgeons innovating surgical techniques or using state-of-the-art equipment are loners, the majority being happy with time-tested norms.’
      • ‘And that was really critical because they really innovated a new technique and so, in order to innovate something obviously you don't want to practice on the first patient.’
      • ‘His daydreams are not about wealth and power, the kind which most of us have but about innovating disruptive technologies that would strike against multinational corporations.’
      • ‘Luckily, kitchen companies have this in hand, and for years now they've been innovating all manner of special features to make a consumer's life easier.’
      • ‘Decrease hospital stays by innovating new products.’


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