- (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: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 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