generate

verb
gen·​er·​ate | \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio) \
generated; generating

Definition of generate

transitive verb

1 : to bring into existence: such as
b : to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process : produce generate electricity
2 : to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) these stories … generate a good deal of psychological suspenseAtlantic
3 : to define or originate (something, such as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations especially : to trace out (something, such as a curve) by a moving point or to trace out (a surface) by a moving curve

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Examples of generate in a Sentence

windmills used to generate electricity This business should generate a lot of revenue. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting. His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.
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Recent Examples on the Web Moore and Parabon were able to generate an even more complete DNA profile of Angie's killer than ever before. CBS News, "How a discarded cigarette led to an arrest in Idaho teen Angie Dodge's cold case murder," 27 June 2020 In addition, the development is estimated to generate over $17 million in the next 30 years from debt millages for Lansing, the city’s school district, its Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the state and its Brownfield Authority. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Duo at odds during college football season come together for massive Lansing project," 27 June 2020 The brand was on track to generate $1.3 billion of shoe revenue in 2019, a 50% increase from a year earlier, according to Bank of America. Time, "'Yeezy Gap.' Kanye West Signs Multiyear Deal to Sell Apparel Line at Gap," 26 June 2020 In addition, over the next few months, builders and developers are likely to resort to innovative incentive schemes to generate demand and cash flow. Amit Goyal, Quartz India, "The pandemic-triggered slump is a great opportunity for NRIs to buy homes in India," 14 June 2020 India has 12 million small retail stores, which together employ some 40 million people and generate more than $9 billion in annual revenue. Alia Allana, The Atlantic, "One Biscuit, a Billion Stories," 13 June 2020 This is a sufficient speed and mass to generate anywhere from 4,000 to 5,800 foot pounds (ft-lbs) of kinetic energy. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The Most Iconic Rifles and Cartridges from African Safaris," 11 June 2020 Nikola, which also makes semi trucks, is now worth about $26 billion based on Monday's closing price, even though it's not expected to generate any sales -- let alone profits -- until 2021. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Watch out, Tesla. Nikola is the hot new electric truck stock," 9 June 2020 According to a pre-pandemic December forecast, that tax was expected to generate $253 million in revenue for the transit expansion programs in 2019-21. oregonlive, "TriMet, other transit agencies seek permission to spend payroll tax to shore up budgets," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of generate

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for generate

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

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The first known use of generate was in 1509

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for generate

generate

verb
How to pronounce generate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of generate

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

generate

verb
gen·​er·​ate | \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio) \
generated; generating

Kids Definition of generate

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

generate

verb
gen·​er·​ate | \ ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio) \
generated; generating

Medical Definition of generate

transitive verb

: to bring into existence especially : procreate generate innumerable offspring

intransitive verb

: to produce offspring : propagate

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