generate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to bring into existence: such as
b
: to create by means of a defined process : produce
generate electricity
generating profits/growth
images generated by a computer
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Former president Donald Trump’s social media company generated just $4 million in revenue last year — about as much as the average McDonald’s franchise in the United States, according to a report last year by the fast-food industry publication QSR. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 But Butler did generate 12 free throws — the most he’s taken in a game since March 5. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 7 Apr. 2024 The civil war and genocide generated millions of displaced people, many of whom accompanied the murderous government into neighboring countries as the RPF advanced. Jonathan M. Hansen, TIME, 7 Apr. 2024 Economic impact reports about the revenue generated by professional sports franchises often cite measurable percentages of ticket sales to out-of-town consumers, Matheson said, but studies have not shown commensurate gains in tourism. Cathie Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 6 Apr. 2024 Women’s elite sports will generate more than $1 billion in revenue for the first time in 2024, Deloitte projects. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 The scale has no upper limit, but no fault long enough to generate a magnitude 10 earthquake is known to exist, according to USGS. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 The difference is that now a human can be in hundreds of simultaneous chats, rather than a handful, as all the chatter simply needs to repeatedly press send since the AI has generated the message. Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 Roosting Area The majority of waste generated inside the coop will fall directly under the main roost bar where the chickens sleep at night. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of generate was in 1509

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Cite this Entry

“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

generate

verb
gen·​er·​ate ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio)
generated; generating
1
: to bring into existence
generate electricity
2
: to be the cause of or reason for
news that generated excitement
generative
-ə-ˌrāt-iv
-(ə-)rət-
adjective

Medical Definition

generate

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

transitive verb

: to bring into existence
especially : procreate
generate innumerable offspring

intransitive verb

: to produce offspring : propagate

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