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Examples of engender in a Sentence
The issue has engendered a considerable amount of debate.
a suggestion to go out for pizza that didn't seem to engender any interest
Recent Examples of engender from the Web
Yet somehow those imperfections have engendered, if not a fondness, then at least a familiarity with my own features in a way long hair never could.
What makes the Sheriff’s Department so detached from the anxiety these sorts of shootings engender?
It was painted as hypocritical, given Bernie Sanders' penchant for railing against the income inequality engendered by Wall Street tycoons, for whom questionably large payouts are routine.
The software design team that engendered the iPhone would change that forever.
Whatever intelligence the Trump administration had to show was enough to engender polite and cooperative responses from Britain and France.
Then again, such times usually engender a pretty sweeping sense of community anyway, leading most folks to not dwell on such matters, at least momentarily.
The timing, however, could help engender some public goodwill toward Uber.
In 1946, the Soviet Union began a nuclear program, striking fear into the hearts of civilians and engendering the Soviet-US nuclear arms race.
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Did You Know?
When "engender" was first used in the 14th century, it meant "propagate" or "procreate," but extended meanings soon developed. "Engender" comes from the Latin verb generare, which means "to generate" or "to beget." "Generate," "regenerate," "degenerate," and "generation" are of course related to the Latin verb as well. As you might suspect, the list of "engender" relatives does not end there. "Generare" comes from the Latin noun genus, meaning "birth," "race," or "kind." From this source we have our own word genus, plus "gender," "general," and "generic," among other words.
Origin and Etymology of engender
Middle English engendren, from Anglo-French engendrer, from Latin ingenerare, from in- + generare to generate
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: to be the source or cause of (something)
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