generate

verb
gen·​er·​ate | \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt \
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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This has the effect of increasing the number of different protein products that can be generated from a single gene. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 Power is generated at large power plants and fed into high-voltage transmission lines, which can carry it over long distances. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Cranking the arm generates a magnetic field that’s able to charge the lithium ion battery inside tube. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Nendo designs an attractive hand-crank phone charger," 12 Nov. 2018 The sun and all other stars generate light by nuclear fusion, smashing hydrogen ions together to form helium, a process that releases energy. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Its ultimate 135,000-brake horsepower will be generated by two sources of power: a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine and a cluster of rockets from Norwegian aerospace company Nammo. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Rocket car won’t break 1,000 miles per hour unless company raises $33 million," 15 Oct. 2018 The list is generated by a top-secret poll of more than 500 booze world insiders from 58 countries, and uses careful guidelines to prevent any one city or bar from hacking the rankings. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is Officially the Best Bar in the World," 4 Oct. 2018 Over the next few weeks, however, consider the ways acts of kindness can generate rewards. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 According to Variety, one of the primary reasons ABC added a third hour to the A.M. show was to compete with NBC's Today show and, hopefully, generate more ad dollars in the upcoming year. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sounds Like 'GMA Day' With Sara Haines and Michael Strahan Is Going to Be Pretty Wild," 10 Sep. 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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