Definition of originate
- The composer originated 10 songs for the Broadway musical.
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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: to begin to exist : to be produced or created
: to cause (something) to exist : to produce or create (something)
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