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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Two high-school nerds computer-generate a magic beauty who shows them how to meet girls. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 An industry rife with fraud Sports memorabilia is big business in America, generating an estimated $1 billion in annual sales. NBC News, "Foul Ball: Did a NJ man get duped into buying $100K in bogus sports memorabilia?," 9 Aug. 2019 Another is the ambitious effort to reduce the nearly 80 million tons of trash that Californians generate each year, as a new series of articles in CalMatters is revealing. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: California goal of reducing trash is a wasted effort," 8 Aug. 2019 The fluid motion, or convection, of the iron creates an electric current, which generates a magnetic field. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Take Longer to Flip Than Previously Thought," 8 Aug. 2019 Africa is estimated to represent just a little over 1%of a market that generated $138 billion in 2018. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "An African fantasy video game studio has created a comic book to reach a wider audience," 6 Aug. 2019 Campaign disclosure statements filed recently show Vaus generating $232,197 between Jan. 1 and June 30. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Vaus raises most in race for District 2 supervisor," 6 Aug. 2019 So the Cornell researchers converted the pixels from each stereo image pair into the type of three-dimensional point cloud that is generated natively by lidar sensors. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk: “Anyone relying on lidar is doomed.” Experts: Maybe not," 6 Aug. 2019 The winter gets cold in northwestern China, and Chou’s packs the kind of hearty soups and stews meant to insulate you from the cold and generate some heat. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019

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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 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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