March 06, 2019
innovate (verb)
\IN-uh-vayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to introduce something new : do something in a new way
How do you use it?
Our teacher urged us to innovate with our science fair projects and be creative with what we chose as topics.
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What do you think the Latin ancestor of "innovate" means?

"Innovate" ultimately traces to the Latin root "novus," meaning "new." Let's renew our acquaintance with some members of the family of English words descending from "novus." One is "novel," meaning "new and different from what has been known before," as in "a novel idea." "Novice" is another relative. "Novice" first referred to someone new to a religious order who was preparing to take the vows of the religion. The word gained the sense of anyone with no previous experience with something, as in "a novice at chess." "Renovate" is also in this family. It means to make like new again, as in "renovating a basement."
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