Definition of innovation in English:



  • 1The action or process of innovating.

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


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