generate

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verb gen·er·ate \ˈje-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of generate

generated

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generating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into existence: such asa :  procreate, begetb :  to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process :  produce generate electricity

  3. 2 :  to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) these stories … generate a good deal of psychological suspense — Atlantic

  4. 3 :  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 in a sentence

  1. windmills used to generate electricity

  2. This business should generate a lot of revenue.

  3. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting.

  4. His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists.

  5. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement.

  6. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.

Origin and Etymology of generate

Latin generatus, past participle of generare, from gener-, genus descent, birth — more at kin


First Known Use: 1509


GENERATE Defined for English Language Learners

generate

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verb gen·er·ate \ˈje-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of generate for English Language Learners

  • : to produce (something) or cause (something) to be produced

  • : to be the cause of or reason for (something, such as interest or excitement)


GENERATE Defined for Kids

generate

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verb gen·er·ate \ˈje-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of generate for Students

generated

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generating

  1. :  to cause to come into being Windmills can generate electricity. Her comments have generated excitement.


Medical Dictionary

generate

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verb gen·er·ate \ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of generate

generated

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generating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to bring into existence; especially :  procreate generate innumerable offspring

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to produce offspring :  propagate



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