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innovate

in·no·vate

innovate

 
 
pronunciation:
I n veIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: innovated, innovates, innovating
definition: to propose or implement a new method, approach, idea, or the like; make inventive changes.
We can't be satisfied with the old methods of doing things; we need to innovate.
similar words:
pioneer
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to propose or implement (new methods, approaches, ideas, or the like).
She innovated techniques that advanced the sport of skating.Henry Ford innovated the method of mass producing cars on an assembly line.
similar words:
pioneer
derivations: innovative (adj.), innovator (n.)
Word Parts
The word innovate contains the following parts:
nov Latin root that means new
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synonyms:
neo
 
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).