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 This would generate millions of dollars to help Wisconsinites whose lives have been devastated. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Many letter writers are upset with the Wisconsin Legislature's inaction on coronavirus. Others are upset with the Editorial Board.," 20 Nov. 2020 The new, combined dedication would generate at least $10.5 million a year — more than $210 million over the 20-year life of the millage — to maintain and upgrade infrastructure projects in all corners of the city. NOLA.com, "Commentary: Our Dec. 5 runoff endorsements," 19 Nov. 2020 Women’s products generate more than a third of Levi’s revenue, much more than when Bergh became CEO, but less than what the company would like. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Levi’s is betting you’ll buy more of its jeans at Target than at a department store," 16 Nov. 2020 The joint company will generate about 2.9 billion euros of revenue on a pro-forma basis in 2020, according to the statement. Sonia Sirletti, Bloomberg.com, "Nexi Buys Nets in $9.2 Billion Deal to Create Payment Giant," 15 Nov. 2020 The Raptor’s twin F119 afterburning turbofan engines generate a total of 70,000 pounds of thrust. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This F-22 Raptor Fly Insane Maneuvers in Spectacular 4K," 12 Nov. 2020 NuScale claimed yesterday its reactors can generate 77 megawatts of electricity per module, compared to the current expectation of 60 megawatts, a 25% increase in energy output. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Big oil CEOs have come to terms with a Biden administration," 11 Nov. 2020 Northwestern cycled through four different starting quarterbacks, and none of them could generate any sort of production, even former five-star recruit and Clemson transfer Hunter Johnson. Star Tribune, "Roller coaster-riding Northwestern football is back on top," 11 Nov. 2020 According to the city’s early projections, Chula Vista could generate $6 million a year from marijuana taxes. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "First legal cannabis business opens in Chula Vista," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for generate

generate

verb
How to pronounce generate (audio)

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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