from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To begin or introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time.
  • intransitive v. To begin or introduce something new.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To alter, to change into something new.
  • v. To introduce something new to a particular environment; to do something new.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To introduce novelties or changes; -- sometimes with in or on.
  • transitive v. To bring in as new; to introduce as a novelty.
  • transitive v. To change or alter by introducing something new; to remodel; to revolutionize.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring something new to an environment


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)
From the participle stem of Latin innovare ("renew"). (Wiktionary)


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