generate

verb
gen·er·ate | \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt \
generated; generating

Definition of generate 

transitive verb

1 : to bring into existence: such as

a : procreate, beget

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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The new tool, called the ARveo Augmented Reality microscope, generates visual overlays that assist surgeons during brain and spinal surgeries. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 Residents who live next to Gas N Wash in the Tinley Trails subdivision told the Plan Commission that the business has hurt their property values and generated increased traffic and noise. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling," 4 July 2018 The first phase will generate nearly 20 megawatts using fuel cells manufactured by Doosan Fuel Cell America in South Windsor, and subsequent stages will add 44 megawatts, according to EIP. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Gov. Malloy: Data Center On Stanley Works Site Could Create 2,500 Jobs," 2 July 2018 This happens all the time but, in Riley's composition, the periodic black and white edges are jittered in a way that generates apparent motion. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Carter, a Democrat who previously served as a Delegate in Maryland's General Assembly, generated significant support from women and grassroots advocates. Essence.com, "Primaries Yield Big Electoral Wins For Black Women, Men And People Of Color Nationwide," 28 June 2018 As expected, Prince William's visit to Jerusalem has generated a bit of controversy. Jewish Journal, "Prince William's Israel tour marks first official royal visit," 25 June 2018 The hatred generated based off one's nationality is unbelievable. refinery29.com, "Texas Tech Frat Members Call For Hunting Immigrants In Racist Group Chat," 22 June 2018 Fortnite generated $300 million in revenue in April through nonessential in-app purchases like clothing, and currently has 125 million players. Rani Molla, Recode, "Watch Fortnite take over the live video game market," 13 June 2018

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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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generate

verb

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 \
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 \
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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