verb \in-ˈjen-dər, en-\

: to be the source or cause of (something)

en·gen·dereden·gen·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of ENGENDER

transitive verb
:  to cause to exist or to develop :  produce <policies that have engendered controversy>
intransitive verb
:  to assume form :  originate

Examples of ENGENDER

  1. The issue has engendered a considerable amount of debate.
  2. <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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