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 origination (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originator (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 Aggregate data would show the percentages of infections that originate at places such as bars, barbecues, parties, religious services, daycares or other locations. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine doesn’t update public on coronavirus contact tracing data Tuesday as promised," 4 Aug. 2020 Folded into the ease, however, are deep flavors rightfully attributed to the island’s vast and vibrant East Indian culture, from which this dish is believed to originate. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, "Trini Stewed Eggplant is Almost Too Simple to Require a Recipe, But I Made You One Anyway," 2 Aug. 2020 Either way, it's raised awareness Even if the challenge didn't originate as a plea for justice for the Turkish women killed in the country this year, it's raised global awareness of violence against women there. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "No, the Instagram 'challenge accepted' trend did not originate in Turkey," 30 July 2020 But for something like Ebola, where new outbreaks seem to originate in remote areas, this may be more of a challenge. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could we go on the offensive against emerging diseases?," 29 July 2020 Aftershocks, which usually originate on the same fault line, can last for days, weeks, months and even years following the main shock. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Idaho Hasn't Stopped Shaking Since March 31," 8 July 2020 Blended or shaken with ice, piña coladas originate in Puerto Rico and include rum, coconut milk (or coconut cream) and pineapple juice. Dallas News, "You like piña coladas, right? Here’s where to celebrate National Piña Colada Day in Garland," 10 July 2020 There will be a chance Alabama could be affected by one or more thunderstorm clusters, or mesoscale convective systems (MCS), that originate in the Midwest and track southeast toward the state over the weekend. Leigh Morgan, al, "The heat is on: Heat index to climb as high as 112 degrees in some spots," 10 July 2020 But all broadcasts will originate from Globe Life Field, even when the Rangers are on the road. Dallas News, "How much more pressure to perform is Rangers 2B Rougned Odor facing because of the shortened season?," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of originate

1668, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Cite this Entry

“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for originate

originate

verb
How to pronounce originate (audio)

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

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