• (British) IPA: /ˈɪnəveɪt/

innovate (innovates, present participle innovating; past and past participle innovated)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To alter, to change into something new; to revolutionize.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , New York 2001, p.80:
      But the most frequent maladies are such as proceed from themselves, as first when religion and God's service is neglected, innovated or altered […].
    • From his attempts upon the civil power, he proceeds to innovate God's worship.
  2. (intransitive) To introduce something new to a particular environment; to do something new.
  3. (transitive) To introduce (something) as new.
    to innovate a word or an act
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