American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To begin or introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time.
- v. To begin or introduce something new.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To change or alter by bringing in something new.
- To bring in as new; introduce or perform by way of innovation.
- To bring in something new; make changes in anything established: with on and sometimes in before an object.
- v. obsolete, transitive To alter, to change into something new.
- v. intransitive To introduce something new to a particular environment; to do something new.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Archaic To bring in as new; to introduce as a novelty.
- v. Archaic To change or alter by introducing something new; to remodel; to revolutionize.
- v. To introduce novelties or changes; -- sometimes with
- v. bring something new to an environment
- From the participle stem of Latin innovare ("renew"). (Wiktionary)
- French innover, from Old French, from Latin innovāre, innovāt-, to renew : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + novāre, to make new (from novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“CEOs scribble the word "innovate" on their personal stationery and sleep with it under their pillows at night.”
“Nor can they demonstrate any ability to provide better service through innovation; the only remaining room left to innovate is in figuring out how to deny claims.”
“Your ability to innovate is inversely proportional to your client's self-perceived sophistication.”
“Initially, I hoped that meant he was maybe doing interesting work representing device manufacturers whose capacity to innovate is being stifled by unduly restrictive DMCA provisions.”
“Of these, the only area where they can innovate is in the marketing/distribution area.”
“For many in our industry, the capacity to innovate is closely tied to developing human resources.”
“Because the business that doesn't innovate is risking its eventual demise.”
“Each operation was new and presented unique problems, and we had to invent and innovate from the start.”
“It’s all just another shiny thing on a conveyer belt already groaning under the weight of shiny things – an environment where the only way to innovate is to get shinier and more illusory, rather than more useful.”
“Asking why Microsoft doesn’t innovate is a good question to which they could never give you a straight answer.”
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