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 AB Bernstein analyst Mark Shmulik estimates that Facebook could generate $200 million to $300 million in revenue from Shops alone in the third quarter. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Needs Users to Shop, Not Drop," 28 Apr. 2021 The prototype's wing was fixed during our drive, yet the massive lateral loads that the car could generate through Hethel's quicker corners left us with no doubt about the presence of serious aerodynamic assistance. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Lotus Evija Should Be Stunningly Quick," 27 Apr. 2021 Another change: Foot Locker normally sets its financial goals for the year — what the company must generate in sales or income for its executives to earn a bonus — in March. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "CEOs are getting paid bonuses like there was no pandemic," 22 Apr. 2021 The hpanels will be able to generate at least 20 kilowatt-hours in a 24-hour period. Sheri Koones, Forbes, "Building An All Electric House To Fit In With The Developed Neighborhood Of Ogden City," 20 Apr. 2021 The policy changes freed up prime riverfront real estate to be redeveloped, which also could generate zoning-change fees and property taxes for the city. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Developer gives up on huge office-apartment project on Chicago Avenue across from Goose Island," 19 Apr. 2021 The increase in passengers, combined with lower costs for labor and fuel, helped Delta generate $4 million in cash per day in March after burning cash for the past year. BostonGlobe.com, "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 The increase in passengers, combined with lower costs for labor and fuel, helped Delta generate $4 million in cash per day in March after burning cash for the past year. David Koenig, Star Tribune, "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 The beginnings of a rebound were enough to enable the airline to generate positive cash flow in March to the tune of $4 million a day, a sign of improvement after a challenging start to the year. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Why investors aren’t impressed with Delta Air Lines’ first quarter results," 15 Apr. 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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6 May 2021

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“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for generate

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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