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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
LeBron James vs. Durant, a clash of titans that engendered outsized expectations even in a tall guy's games!
The Star’s editorial board writes that the city’s decision to open the KCI project to competition should engender confidence in Kansas Citians that the final airport agreement will be cost-effective and competitive.
Yet the flood of Mexican recruits who were funneled to the IBP plant in the 1990s engendered suspicion and tensions.
Donoghue’s group argued that this accidentally tiny Higgs was to be expected, given anthropic selection: If the Higgs boson were just five times heavier, then complex, life-engendering elements like carbon could not arise.
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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 century
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Definition of engender for English Language Learners
: to be the source or cause of (something)
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