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 Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) applies CCS to power plants, which can generate stable, reliable and baseload power and heat from renewable resources like biomass. Kenji Terasawa, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The initiative booked 30 events that will generate nearly 28,000 room nights this year, according to its website. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2021 The Denver Post reports that those chosen in random drawings starting next Monday will receive the money in CollegeInvest funds that generate interest. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 That generous figure includes sales that take place over apps that generate no commission for Apple, such as household goods ordered over the Amazon app. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Your storage capacity needs depend on two key factors: the amount of energy your system can generate and your home's average energy load. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 Low water levels across California will severely limit how much power the state can generate from hydroelectric power plants. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Freedman did not appear to grasp the economics of tertiary care, the specialty practices that generate costly procedures. Chris Pomorski, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The comments might suggest the user can choose not to interact with a business, which is the kind of optional e-commerce feature that would generate data that WhatsApp will share with Facebook. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 May 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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