engender

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verb en·gen·der \ in-ˈjen-dər , en- \

Definition of engender

engendered; engendering play \in-ˈjen-d(ə-)riŋ, en-\
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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Examples of engender in a Sentence

  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

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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


ENGENDER Defined for English Language Learners

engender

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Definition of engender for English Language Learners

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



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