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- (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:, 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 […].
- (intransitive) To introduce something new to a particular environment; to do something new.
- 2013 February 6, Hideo Otake, “Revising the Interpretation of the Japanese Economy”, in Michio Muramatsu, Frieder Naschold, editors, State and Administration in Japan and Germany: A Comparative Perspective on Continuity and Change, page 319:
- Japanese retail stores have strove to, and have succeeded in, fulfilling these severe demands, and in doing so, have constantly had to innovate both technologically and institutionally in order to keep up with the competition.
- (transitive) To introduce (something) as new.
- to innovate a word or an act
to introduce something new
innovate f pl