originate

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

Definition of originate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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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

Synonyms & Antonyms for originate

Synonyms

actualize, appear, arise, begin, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, set in, spring, start

Antonyms

cease, end, stop

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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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According to Paul Hayne, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, there are three main theories for how water originated on the moon. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019 The charge, which originates from the energy crisis in the 2000s, was supposed to end in the coming years, and the governor’s advisers have said its extension could net $10.5 billion. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom’s utility wildfire plan speeds through California Legislature," 10 July 2019 The Esther scrolls will join the National Library’s collection of approximately 200 partial and complete Esther scrolls from the 15th-20th centuries, which originate from Europe as well as Yemen, Iran, Iraq and northern Africa. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, "After 50 years on a shelf in Germany, Hebrew scrolls return to Israel," 9 July 2019 It’s considered a local version of Welsh rarebit and originated in nearby Springfield, Ill., also on Route 66. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The mother of all American road trips, Route 66, begins in the Midwest," 4 July 2019 Italian giardiniera refers to vegetables pickled in vinegar and originated as a method for preserving the bounty of a big harvest. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "What Is Giardiniera, the Pickle-y Condiment We Put on Everything?," 2 July 2019 According to ABC News, the Granite School District asked the police to open an investigation as the video, which originated on Snapchat, sparked outrage, with some calling it for it to be investigated as a potential hate crime. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Police Investigating Utah HS Football Players Who Posted Video of Burning Pride Flag," 19 June 2019 The Tank Fire is one of six wildfires that originated from lighting in northern Arizona on Wednesday afternoon. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Crews stop forward progress of Tank Fire threatening 100 structures," 14 June 2018 Source: Wall Street Journal analysis of comments to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority The plan originated with a committee of market participants formed by SEC chief Jay Clayton last year to advise him on how to modernize the bond market. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Bond Fight Pits Main Street Against Wall Street," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of originate

1668, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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