Simple Definition of engender
: to be the source or cause of (something)
Examples of engender
The issue has engendered a considerable amount of debate.
<a suggestion to go out for pizza that didn't seem to engender any interest>
Origin of engender
Middle English engendren, from Anglo-French engendrer, from Latin ingenerare, from in- + generare to generate
First Known Use: 14th century
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