generate

verb
gen·​er·​ate | \ ˈje-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio) \
generated; generating

Essential Meaning of generate

1 : to produce (something) or cause (something) to be produced windmills used to generate electricity generate heat See More ExamplesThis business should generate a lot of revenue. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting. a computer-generated list [=a list that was made by a computer program]Hide
2 : to be the cause of or reason for (something, such as interest or excitement) His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement/controversy. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.

Full 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

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 However, titles that generate at least $50 million in opening weekend ticket sales will have to play exclusively in theaters for 31 days, or five full weekends. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 And the ones that generate the most hype usually involve aging titans necromanced out of retirement or B-list celebrities clamoring for attention—sometimes both. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2021 One option could be a bond sale that would generate enough money to replace all 22 playgrounds, Councilwoman Tish Powell said. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Front office jobs in the NBA come with immense pressure to build winners that generate multimillion-dollar profits. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2021 But that was never going to be an approach that would generate enough to enable poorer countries to move to a low carbon footprint. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Nov. 2021 Li Auto sells Extended-Range Electric Vehicles, which are essentially EVs that also have a small gasoline engine that can generate additional electric power for the battery. Trefis Team, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Because the benefit is directly proportional to the size of the investment gains, the program tends to discourage projects that won’t generate a large profit. David Calvert, ProPublica, 12 Nov. 2021 The Florida Homeowners Association Act prohibits developers from creating deed restrictions that generate perpetual profit for mandatory memberships. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Nov. 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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26 Nov 2021

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“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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