Vocabulary Related to Innovation and Invention

Hello English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at some useful vocabulary related to innovation and invention.

  • Design
  • Develop
  • Innovate
  • Invent
  • Breakthrough
  • Cutting edge
  • State-of-the-art
  • Obsolete
  • Figure out
  • The father of something

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Meaning: a drawing or a plan which shows how to build or make something. A person who decides what the design will look like and how it will work is called a designer. Design can also be a verb and an adjective.

  • The new design is about to replace the old models.
  • Peter is a successful video game designer.
  • The software is designed to be educative rather than entertaining.
  • We expect a lot from our new product, which is still in its design stage.


Meaning: to change something in the way that it becomes more advanced. Related to that is a person or a company that improves an old idea, invention or product – a developer. 

  • Scientists are planning to develop a new drug so that it is more efficient.
  • Martin works as a developer of computer-controlled robots.
Vocabulary Related to Innovation and Invention
Vocabulary Related to Innovation and Invention


Meaning: to create something which has not existed before. Related to that is a person – an inventor and a new creation – an invention.

  • Nikola Tesla invented alternating current
  • Alexander Graham Bell is the inventor of the telephone.
  • The invention of the washing machine enabled women to be more involved in politics.


Meaning: to think of and introduce new ideas and methods. Related to that is a noun innovator – a person or a company that introduces changes and new ideas. 

  • If you experiment and innovate, you create a constant interest from your clients.
  • HP is an innovator in computer printing.


Meaning: an important invention or discovery that can help deal with a problem or improve something.

  • The new medicine represents a major breakthrough in curing heart-related diseases.
  • The research created a breakthrough in the field of geology.

Cutting edge

Meaning: the most advanced stage in the development of something.

  • Scientific work he conducted placed Greg at the cutting edge of medical research.
  • The exhibition showed the cutting edge of modern gardening tools.


Meaning: the most modern of its type.

  • The video game was made with state-of-the-art computer graphics.
  • The car had state-of-the-art safety equipment.
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Vocabulary Related to Innovation and Invention


Meaning: no longer in use or valid.

  • Pagers and beepers became obsolete when mobile phones appeared.
  • Can you believe how much equipment becomes obsolete as soon as it is made?

Figure out

Meaning: to solve a problem by thinking.

  • Scientists have figured out how to solve the problem of smoking addiction.
  • An inventor figured out how to make a printer that doesn’t need ink.

The father of something

Meaning: the man who first made something.

  • They say that Shigeru Miyamoto is the father of video games.
  • Sigmund Freud is the father of psychoanalysis.

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Vocabulary Related to Innovation and Invention

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1 Comment

Showkat · 1 Jul 2023 at 4:58 am

Very Helpfull

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