b: to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process :produce<generate electricity>
: to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) <these stories…generate a good deal of psychological suspense — Atlantic>
: to define or originate (as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations; especially: to trace out (as a curve) by a moving point or trace out (as a surface) by a moving curve
Examples of GENERATE
windmills used to generate electricity
This business should generate a lot of revenue.
We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting.
His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists.
Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement.
They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.
Origin of GENERATE
Latin generatus, past participle of generare, from gener-, genus descent, birth — more at kin