Definition of innovation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of innovating.

    ‘innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organization’
    • ‘The social psychology of technical innovation is as mysterious as that of any other form of creativity.’
    • ‘What Jones has discovered is that we have to work harder and harder to sustain growth through innovation.’
    • ‘It was also evidence that much social innovation now springs out of suburbia.’
    • ‘It also relies on efforts to use expertise to promote modernization and innovation.’
    • ‘We want business to continue to invest, we want innovation to continue to happen.’
    • ‘The bureaucrats at the centre consider variation and innovation to be a threat and they resist it.’
    • ‘This process, which includes further innovation, creates a valuable revenue stream.’
    • ‘So we are training the workforce of the future and fostering growth and innovation.’
    • ‘Her ability to bring together innovation and tradition has earned her critical and popular acclaim.’
    • ‘New tax credits will be put in place to encourage innovation and small businesses, Mr Brown said.’
    • ‘At the same time we need to adjust our educational system so as to enhance creativity and innovation.’
    • ‘An alliance allows its partners to speed up the processes of innovation and market expansion.’
    • ‘Scotland has a very proud record for biotech developments and innovation.’
    • ‘This is a story about social learning and innovation over very long time-spans.’
    • ‘As you slowly move in the crowd, you get to know how innovation could be infused into exchange offers.’
    • ‘The first step in new drug innovation is to collect large amounts of samples.’
    • ‘Through these gambits, business commentators challenge the very concept of innovation.’
    • ‘High levels of social interaction can favour innovation and the exchange of ideas.’
    • ‘It was the first time in at least five years that the Queen had honoured the city's businesses for innovation.’
    • ‘The Eighties were the decade of innovation and novelty in frozen and processed foods.’
    change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, reorganization, restructuring, rearrangement, recasting, remodelling, renovation, restyling, variation
    new measures, new methods, new devices, novelty, newness, unconventionality, modernization, modernism
    a break with tradition, a shift of emphasis, a departure, a change of direction
    a shake up
    a shakedown
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A new method, idea, product, etc.
      ‘technological innovations designed to save energy’
      • ‘Then, like now, they simply want to be paid for the innovations of someone else.’
      • ‘When do we suggest that it might be good to slow down a bit and find out who benefits from our innovations and who does not?’
      • ‘Visitors will be able to trace innovations in the design of chairs over the last hundred years and even sit on some of them.’
      • ‘Among the pieces in this show there are some wonderful innovations that redefine function.’
      • ‘Do you care if they decide what kinds of technological innovations will reach the marketplace?’
      • ‘Any nation with such a result will never catch up with the latest technological innovations.’
      • ‘Mozart is famed for his musical innovations and the opera included some very difficult music.’
      • ‘If they try radical innovations, they might alienate the solid fan base that has sustained them down the decades.’
      • ‘With such beautiful innovations, it can only be a matter of time before the fashion industry comes knocking.’
      • ‘Take a look back at some of the events, ideas and innovations that brought us here.’
      • ‘Perhaps everything has been invented, everything said, every innovation discovered.’
      • ‘He was always open to new ideas and innovations and increasingly his life became the canvas on which he plotted his art.’
      • ‘We should focus on the new designs and innovations that can be developed in the future.’
      • ‘For example, we developed every major innovation in the iron and steel making process.’
      • ‘It brought about two lasting innovations in the study of chemistry.’
      • ‘They can also take examples of good practices and innovations home or to other operations with them.’
      • ‘Scary movies in particular tend to lose their edge as their innovations become less than novel.’
      • ‘We were inundated with new products in a seemingly endless cavalcade of astonishing innovations.’
      • ‘He was credited with having pioneered many financial innovations in the capital markets.’
      • ‘He also proposed a theory to handle the economics of technological innovations.’


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