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 From there, the organoids develop automatically, first generating different types of neurons and then forming other brain cells called glia. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Organoids” Reveal How Human Forebrain Develops," 24 Jan. 2020 Other tasks included dealing with social media issues outside of regular work hours (hello, Harry and Meghan!), generating money for the palaces, and more. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "The British Palace Is Hiring a Social Media Manager," 17 Jan. 2020 But, as the label has generated more buzz in the high-end market, a sudden mass-market collaboration is a real and appreciated shake-up. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Telfar Is Launching an Affordable Collaboration With Gap," 17 Jan. 2020 Since then, connected products for the home have covered everything from refrigerators that generate shopping lists to trash cans that change the bag for you. Sunset Magazine, "Our New Favorite Smart Thermostat Looks Straight out of the 1950s," 13 Jan. 2020 Shlisel wouldn't say how much a future secure-network (SNO) device might cost a driver, instead pointing out how much goodwill dealerships could generate by offering them to customers. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "State of the Anti-Car-Hacking Art from New Companies Trying to Protect Your Data," 12 Jan. 2020 The low-level buzz generated by the bubble tubes and the tactile experience of weighted blankets and beanbag chairs counteract the panicky feelings many of the girls have, Steele said. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Teen girls who are victims of sexual exploitation get help at this Arizona nonprofit, and your donations help," 12 Jan. 2020 What was and what could be seen came into closer accord, even if these videos did not generate perfect agreement about their interpretation. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What Is Even Going on Out There?," 10 Jan. 2020 About 7 devices will be owned by one individual, collectively generating 175 zettabytes of data in 2025. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel confirms 'Tiger Lake' is the next Intel Core processor you need to care about," 7 Jan. 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

28 Jan 2020

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“Generate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generating. Accessed 28 January 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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