generate

verb gen·er·ate \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt \

Definition of generate

generated; generating
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 suspense
  • Atlantic
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

  1. windmills used to generate electricity

  2. This business should generate a lot of revenue.

  3. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting.

  4. His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists.

  5. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement.

  6. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.

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Origin and Etymology of generate

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


GENERATE Defined for English Language Learners

generate

verb

Definition of generate for English Language Learners

  • : to produce (something) or cause (something) to be produced

  • : to be the cause of or reason for (something, such as interest or excitement)


GENERATE Defined for Kids

generate

verb gen·er·ate \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt \

Definition of generate for Students

generated; generating
:to cause to come into being
  • Windmills can generate electricity.
  • Her comments have generated excitement.

Medical Dictionary

generate

verb gen·er·ate \ ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of generate

generated; generating
transitive verb
:to bring into existence; especially :procreate
  • generate innumerable offspring
intransitive verb
:to produce offspring :propagate


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