Definition of innovation in English:

innovation

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘We want business to continue to invest, we want innovation to continue to happen.’
    • ‘It also relies on efforts to use expertise to promote modernization and innovation.’
    • ‘Scotland has a very proud record for biotech developments and innovation.’
    • ‘New tax credits will be put in place to encourage innovation and small businesses, Mr Brown said.’
    • ‘This process, which includes further innovation, creates a valuable revenue stream.’
    • ‘At the same time we need to adjust our educational system so as to enhance creativity and innovation.’
    • ‘As you slowly move in the crowd, you get to know how innovation could be infused into exchange offers.’
    • ‘It was also evidence that much social innovation now springs out of suburbia.’
    • ‘An alliance allows its partners to speed up the processes of innovation and market expansion.’
    • ‘So we are training the workforce of the future and fostering growth and innovation.’
    • ‘What Jones has discovered is that we have to work harder and harder to sustain growth through innovation.’
    • ‘It was the first time in at least five years that the Queen had honoured the city's businesses for innovation.’
    • ‘Her ability to bring together innovation and tradition has earned her critical and popular acclaim.’
    • ‘High levels of social interaction can favour innovation and the exchange of ideas.’
    • ‘The bureaucrats at the centre consider variation and innovation to be a threat and they resist it.’
    • ‘The first step in new drug innovation is to collect large amounts of samples.’
    • ‘The Eighties were the decade of innovation and novelty in frozen and processed foods.’
    • ‘Through these gambits, business commentators challenge the very concept of innovation.’
    • ‘This is a story about social learning and innovation over very long time-spans.’
    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
    transmogrification
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A new method, idea, product, etc.:
      ‘technological innovations designed to save energy’
      • ‘He was always open to new ideas and innovations and increasingly his life became the canvas on which he plotted his art.’
      • ‘Visitors will be able to trace innovations in the design of chairs over the last hundred years and even sit on some of them.’
      • ‘Perhaps everything has been invented, everything said, every innovation discovered.’
      • ‘Then, like now, they simply want to be paid for the innovations of someone else.’
      • ‘Do you care if they decide what kinds of technological innovations will reach the marketplace?’
      • ‘For example, we developed every major innovation in the iron and steel making process.’
      • ‘Take a look back at some of the events, ideas and innovations that brought us here.’
      • ‘We were inundated with new products in a seemingly endless cavalcade of astonishing innovations.’
      • ‘They can also take examples of good practices and innovations home or to other operations with them.’
      • ‘With such beautiful innovations, it can only be a matter of time before the fashion industry comes knocking.’
      • ‘If they try radical innovations, they might alienate the solid fan base that has sustained them down the decades.’
      • ‘Among the pieces in this show there are some wonderful innovations that redefine function.’
      • ‘He was credited with having pioneered many financial innovations in the capital markets.’
      • ‘We should focus on the new designs and innovations that can be developed in the future.’
      • ‘Scary movies in particular tend to lose their edge as their innovations become less than novel.’
      • ‘It brought about two lasting innovations in the study of chemistry.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘He also proposed a theory to handle the economics of technological innovations.’
      • ‘Mozart is famed for his musical innovations and the opera included some very difficult music.’
      • ‘Any nation with such a result will never catch up with the latest technological innovations.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

innovation

/ɪnəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/