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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Jennifer Jolly, Special for USA TODAY The online shopping frenzy generated by Amazon Prime Day may be a great way to find some deals. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 Meanwhile, the former SolarCity, bought by Tesla for $2 billion in 2016, has lost market share over the years to rival installers who are benefitting from the excitement generated by Musk's off-the-grid overtures. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Burning for Tesla Powerwall? Get ready to wait as Musk's solar vision takes a backseat to Model 3," 13 July 2018 Liquidators intend to use the proceeds generated by the sale of Abraaj’s fund-management unit to pay back some of the hundreds of millions of dollars the firm owes creditors and investors. Simon Clark, WSJ, "Colony Capital’s Bid for Some Abraaj Assets Is Rejected," 13 July 2018 Even as the storm’s path takes it away from the United States, swells generated by Chris will affect portions of the coast from North Carolina northward to New England during the next few days, according to hurricane center forecasters. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Beaches reopen, but officials warn swimmers of rip current risk along southern Mass. coast," 12 July 2018 Funding will come from open space impact fees, generated by new residential development projects. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "'Wild mile' REI opening next year with bigger store, kayak and paddleboard rentals near Goose Island," 11 July 2018 The four-phase road expansion, paid for by CalAtlantic Homes (a Black Mountain Ranch developer), is part of an agreement with the City of San Diego due to the increase of traffic generated by the development of the Del Sur neighborhood. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Road improvements coming to Rancho Bernardo Road," 11 July 2018 Regardless, Zhang worked on what was known as the Compute Team, designing and testing circuit boards to analyze sensor data generated by Apple's self-driving program in some way. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Tech," 11 July 2018 The next witness, FBI agent Chris Molite, testified at length about information included in 3,000 pages of online content generated by a search warrant aimed at Perez’s Facebook account. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Accused mosque burner’s own words part of trial," 10 July 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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