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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Literature has proven a fertile source of complex female roles since the dawn of cinema, with Little Women generating its first feature moving picture adaptation in 1917. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Stirring Tales of Sisterhood Adapted From the Page to the Silver Screen (That Aren’t Greta Gerwig’s Little Women)," 13 July 2018 Each nerve agent yields a slightly different color and brightness thanks to amazing fluorescence generating chemical sensors. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 That extra tax is expected to generate about $3.8 million over 22 years to help with the project financing. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Council OKs Edison OP, despite complaints about changing character of Overland Park," 10 July 2018 The rate increase is expected to generate approximately $1.84 million in additional revenue annually, the company said. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air water company seeks rate increase to recover new reservoir costs," 28 June 2018 The industry is expected to generate more than $1.5 billion in revenue by 2020 as more professional leagues form and marketers rush into the space. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "UTA Acquires E-Sports Agency, Management Firm to Expand Gaming Business," 27 June 2018 The regional sports networks are one of Fox's most valuable businesses and are expected to generate more than $2 billion in profit this year. Cecilia Kang, Edmund Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Justice Department approves Disney's purchase of Fox assets," 27 June 2018 The 15-year contract is expected to generate between $44 million and $52 million annually. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Dock redo set to rock more than Alcatraz," 25 June 2018 These taxes and fees are expected to generate $52 billion for California's transportation needs over the next decade. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "What you need to know about California's gas tax repeal initiative," 25 June 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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