verb (used without object), in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing.
- to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.
verb (used with object), in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing.
- to introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time: to innovate a computer operating system.
- Archaic. to alter.
- to invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc)
1590s, from Late Latin innovator, agent noun from innovare (see innovate).
1540s, “introduce as new,” from Latin innovatus, past participle of innovare “to renew, restore; to change,” from in- “into” (see in- (2)) + novus “new” (see new). Meaning “make changes in something established” is from 1590s. Related: Innovated; innovating.