: to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind)
these stories … generate a good deal of psychological suspense—Atlantic
: 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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The borrowing would be paid back through tax revenues generated in a broad swath of Pawtucket. —Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023 Wang has made headway using an advanced imaging technique called magnetoencephalography (MEG), which records magnetic fields on the outside of the skull that are generated by the electric currents in the brain, and then translating those signals into text. —Marla Broadfoot, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2023 Since 2018 through purchases of elk application fees and licenses as well as donations, hunters have generated a total of $1,041,951 for elk research, monitoring and management efforts in Wisconsin, according to the DNR. —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2023 Those passwords were funneled through Netflix’s 232.5 million worldwide paying subscribers, who generated the bulk of the company’s $32 billion in revenue last year. —Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2023 Roughly 2,152 square feet of solar panels have been integrated into the composite exterior and will generate up to 36kWp of clean energy that can be stored in the batteries or used to power the hotel load. —Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 May 2023 Fast-twitch fibers contract quickly and generate more power, says Cramer. —Nicole Wetsman, Popular Science, 24 May 2023 Zaslav and some other media moguls (perhaps most notably Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch) have long touted their plans to use the cash generated from their cable TV channels to help fund streaming efforts. —Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2023 In a randomized clinical trial, the narrative approach adopted by community health workers has been shown to prevent avoidable illness events and generate a return of $2.47 for every dollar invested through personalized action plans and hands-on support. —Sanjay Basu, STAT, 22 May 2023 See More
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