originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
originated; originating

Definition of originate

intransitive verb

: to take or have origin : begin That board game originated in the 1940s.

transitive verb

: to give rise to : initiate The composer originated 10 songs for the Broadway musical.

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Other Words from originate

origination \ ə-​ˌri-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce originate (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originate (audio) \ noun

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spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging. an idea that springs to mind arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent. new questions have arisen slowly rose to prominence originate implies a definite source or starting point. the fire originated in the basement derive implies a prior existence in another form. the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception. words flowed easily from her pen issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet. blood issued from the cut emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source. reports emanating from the capital proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause. advice that proceeds from the best of intentions stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development. industries stemming from space research

Examples of originate in a Sentence

These stories originated during earlier times. The book originated as a series of lectures. The sound seemed to originate from outside the room. The custom is believed to have originated in the western U.S. He did not originate the idea. The policy was originated by the previous administration.
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Recent Examples on the Web The images originate from a Vivo patent that the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) just awarded to the Chinese company. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 July 2021 In what country did the Pennsylvania Dutch originate? Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2021 The pre-construction delays originate during the development phase of the project and have an impact on the execution phase. Joern Hackbarth, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Drag Race contestant Peppermint, who became the first openly trans woman to originate a lead Broadway role in 2018. Arpita Aneja, Time, 25 June 2021 Because Elevate uses banks out of Utah and Kentucky to originate those loans, Elevate is able to make loans in Arizona for as high as 149%. Ken Sweet, Star Tribune, 24 June 2021 Apparently, someone in Cairo was providing the Nazis with surprisingly accurate military information seeming to originate in British offices. Michael M. Rosen, National Review, 20 June 2021 His main point was that Biden failed to make Moscow pay a price for a string of ransomware attacks on US infrastructure believed to originate on Russian soil. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 June 2021 Those typically include lender fees to originate and underwrite a mortgage, real estate agent commissions, appraisal, property taxes, homeowner’s and title insurance, as well as fees for filing local and state records. Rachel Layne, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of originate

1668, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of originate was in 1668

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“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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originate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of originate

: to begin to exist : to be produced or created
: to cause (something) to exist : to produce or create (something)

originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
originated; originating

Kids Definition of originate

1 : to bring into being : invent, initiate I had lots of time to cook … and I must say I originated some excellent meals.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 : to come into being The custom originated in ancient times.

Other Words from originate

originator \ -​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
originated; originating

Legal Definition of originate

transitive verb

: to give rise to specifically : to issue (a mortgage loan) usually for subsequent sale in a pool of mortgage loans to a secondary market — compare service

intransitive verb

: to take or have origin

Other Words from originate

origination \ ə-​ˌri-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce originate (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originate (audio) \ noun

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