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Definition of engender

transitive verb

2 : to cause to exist or to develop : produce policies that have engendered controversy

intransitive verb

: to assume form : originate

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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.

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 on the Web Throughout the Trump presidency—which has engendered (much more righteous) fury among the Democratic base—that anger has been squandered. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Brett Kavanaugh Has Democrats Running Scared," 17 Sep. 2019 For instance, the researchers did not determine whether interest levels worked in tandem with boredom to engender creativity. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprising benefit of being bored at work," 1 July 2019 Note that sacred values can be distinguished from mere instrumental values in two ways: no amount of a sacred value can be traded off for any amount of an instrumental value; and proposals to accept such trade-offs engender moral outrage. The Economist, "“Academic mobbing” undermines open inquiry and destroys the soul of universities," 23 July 2019 But for all of the excitement engendered by Mayfield, Beckham and Kitchens, Myles Garrett might be the star in Cleveland poised to take home some hardware this year. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "50 things to know about NFL teams' training camps in 2019," 15 July 2019 Pompeo's predecessor, Rex Tillerson, initially skipped several ritual meet and greets, engendering some resentment among employees who often place framed photographs in their homes of themselves and their children posing with the secretary. John Hudson And Carol Morello, chicagotribune.com, "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: U.S. diplomats needed 'in every stretch of the world'," 1 May 2018 Juul has engendered further criticism by selling 35 percent of the company to Altria, one of the leading cigarette companies. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Juul Illegally Marketed E-Cigarettes, F.D.A. Says," 9 Sep. 2019 Even today, stories of poverty, disease, dictatorial states, and corruption often engender feelings of fatalism or exasperation. John Fund, National Review, "We Can’t Afford to Forget Africa," 8 Sep. 2019 Her finding also engendered hope that ketamine, a drug that targets glutamate, might help people in that group. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of engender

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for engender

Middle English engendren, from Anglo-French engendrer, from Latin ingenerare, from in- + generare to generate

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English Language Learners Definition of engender

formal : to be the source or cause of (something)

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