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- (obsolete, transitive) To alter, to change into something new; to revolutionize.
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, 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.
- (intransitive) To introduce something new to a particular environment; to do something new.
- (transitive) To introduce (something) as new.
- to innovate a word or an act
to introduce changes